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‘SCOTLAND HAVE NO FEARS,’ INSISTS INVINCIBLE CELT

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CELTIC keeper Craig Gordon insists Scotland are “capable of hurting England” in the World Cup clash at Hampden today.
The visitors are defending an eight-year undefeated record in qualifiers and having also won 3-0 in the reverse Group F fixture at Wembley in November.

However, Gordon does not think the feeling around the game matches previous encounters with the likes of France and Italy, when he and his team-mates went in as major underdogs.

He said: “We are confident in our own abilities. Of course, England are going to go in as favourites.

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“You look at their players and they have fantastic attributes right across the team.

“There is nothing there that’s different from the last one. We just have to go out and impose ourselves a bit more, but we don’t feel overawed by this at all.

“They are a good team, we respect that, but we want to put a performance on of our own.

“Without a doubt, we have players who are capable of hurting England, and if we get enough of the ball and create chances, we fancy our chances to take one or two.”

Scotland travelled to London on the back of two disappointing results against Lithuania and Slovakia the previous month, but they kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Slovenia in March.

Gordon added: “We played really well and created a lot of chances against a really good team.

“We have got to take confidence from that, it was a really good performance, we kept the ball, passed it and created chances, and we probably should have scored a few more than we did. It should have been more comfortable towards the end.

“But it was what we needed at that particular time in the group. It got us back into contention and if we can perform like we did in that match, then we will certainly cause England a few problems.

“We did stand up and be counted, every player out there did their job and played really well.

“It showed we are still together and still fighting to try and qualify.

“We are never going to give in, we know that, and we take that into this game in the knowledge that everybody is pulling in the same direction.”

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