Strach: We’re not scared of fit and fir­ing Roo!

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JONNY FORD­HAM

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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