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