Three-Lions need ‘emo­tional con­trol’ against Scot­land, re­veals South­gate

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Eng­land must show “emo­tional con­trol” when they face Scot­land in a World Cup qual­i­fier at Wem­b­ley on Fri­day, in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate said on Mon­day.

The first com­pet­i­tive clash be­tween the na­tions since 1999 is guar­an­teed to be highly charged and while Eng­land are firm favourites, South­gate said form goes out of the win­dow when the old ri­vals meet.

“What­ever hap­pened with their re­sults, it does not re­flect their per­for­mances,” South­gate told a news con­fer­ence. “Their men­tal­ity for a game like this is un­ques­tion­able and they have un­ques­tion­able spirit. We will have to bet­ter that and out­play them to win the game,” he added. “We have to have emo­tional con­trol go­ing into the game. It is the old­est in­ter­na­tional fix­ture. We will make sure if the play­ers don’t know about it, that they are made aware of it in the early part of the week.”

Eng­land are top of Group F with seven points from three games while Scot­land are fourth with four fol­low­ing a heavy de­feat by Slo­vakia last time out. Scot­land did win the most re­cent com­pet­i­tive clash be­tween the sides, how­ever, a 1-0 vic­tory in a qual­i­fy­ing play­off for the 2000 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, al­though they had lost the home leg 2-0 and Eng­land ad­vanced.

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