Wayne Rooney steels England for Celtic Park cauldron

England captain Wayne Rooney revealed on Monday that he has warned his younger team-mates to brace themselves for a hostile reception in Tuesday`s friendly against Scotland at Celtic Park.

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014, 10:35 AM IST
Wayne Rooney steels England for Celtic Park cauldron

Glasgow: England captain Wayne Rooney revealed on Monday that he has warned his younger team-mates to brace themselves for a hostile reception in Tuesday`s friendly against Scotland at Celtic Park.

Scotland are on a high after a run of only one defeat in 10 games and Celtic Park delivered an example of its frenetic atmosphere last Friday when Gordon Strachan`s side beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0.

With Roy Hodgson`s England squad containing 11 players aged 24 or under, Rooney said that he had taken some of his more inexperienced colleagues to one side and warned them about the need to keep their emotions in check.

"I`ve spoken to a few of the younger players to make sure they`re ready for the start of the game, because if you`re not ready, it can take you by surprise," the Manchester United striker, 29, told a press conference.

"We`ll be ready for it and it`ll be a big test for us. I`ve played here before on a big night in the Champions League. You can see the atmosphere is really loud and it`ll be intense."

He added: "I was excited when the fixture was made, and now it`s here. I think it`ll be a big game. Scotland are doing well at the moment, playing good football and getting good results.

"We are on a good run at the moment and it is important to keep getting these results. Our next game is in March (in Euro 2016 qualifying), so we don`t want to come off a bad result. We want to end the year on a high."