Strach: We’re not scared of fit and firing Roo!
SCOTLAND boss Gordon Strachan says he is not scared of facing a fired-up Wayne Rooney.
The England ace is expected to play a part at Wembley after proving his fitness to manager Roy Hodgson this week.
And Strachan, who refused to be drawn on Rooney’s on-going transfer saga at Man United, says his side are up for the challenge of keeping Rooney and co quiet.
He said: “I can’t tell you how he is feeling. I’m sure Wayne Rooney will appreciate it if I kept quiet as everyone else is talking about him.
“He is a terrific player and one of the best in the world. They have a fantastic squad, but we are really feeling good about ourselves.”
James McArthur has warned England that Scotland are in the mood to hammer down another marker at Wembley.
Gordon Strachan’s side’s chances of reaching next summer’s World Cup are over.
But they grabbed some pride with a sensational 1-0 win in Croatia at the start of the summer.
Don Hutchison scored the only goal 14 years ago in their last trip to Wembley – and Wigan star McArthur wants more of the same.
The midfielder, 25, believes ex-Southampton boss Strachan has made a huge difference.
“The manager has come in and we have got a style of play now where we look very solid.
“He’s a great character, as you see in some of his interviews. He is a great manager to play under and I am sure we will be stronger under him.
“You will not need to get any of the players up for this game.
“It is a massive game for us as players and fans. As a nation we want to win every game but this is a bit special.”
The game will be McArthur’s FOURTH at Wembley this year and his second in four days.
McArthur’s Latics beat Millwall in the FA Cup semi-finals before stunning Man City in the final – and then losing to Man United in the Community Shield.
“I don’t think you can ever get used to Wembley because it is such an amazing stadium,” he added.
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