Saido Berahino and Ross Barkley set for England debuts in Glasgow
Roy Hodgson looking forward to England’s friendly match against Scotland
November 17th, 2014
England head to Glasgow boasting a 100% record during Euro 2016 qualifying although they will come up against an Auld Enemy also flying high after beating the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.
Both managers are set to make several changes to the teams that respectively beat the Republic and Slovenia over the weekend, with Roy Hodgson considering whether to blood Saido Berahino in this match and Ross Barkley could also feature.
“It will be a test,” Hodgson said. “The Scottish fans are exceptional, especially at Celtic Park where they are very good at supporting their team. That is all to the good. That is what we need. But a game like that in Scotland will probably tell me a little bit more about this team.
“We have done all we can do in these first four qualifying games so we are reasonably satisfied with that, but we know there is a long way to go before France 2016.
“We know there are a lot of stern tests ahead and it starts on Tuesday night and we will learn lessons. I hope the players who get a chance to play will, firstly, be able to stand up to any pressures and the crowd pressure and, secondly, I hope they will learn from it. Any lessons we take from it will only be valuable in the future. We know what we are in for and we know the way we play and we are up for it.”
England are strong favourites to win the match, although a fiercesome atmosphere and a series of changes means we might see Scotland get something from what will be a competitive tussle.