Brown: Pressure all on England

14 August 2013 09:46

Scotland captain Scott Brown claims England are the team under the most pressure going into Wednesday night's friendly at Wembley.

The fixture, to help celebrate the Football Association's 150th anniversary year, is the first time the two countries have met in 14 years and there will be around 25,000 of the Tartan Army in London to see the game.

The Scots sit 50th in the FIFA rankings while Roy Hodgson's side are in 14th place, a fact which underpins Brown's assertion although the Celtic captain believes the visitors can overcome the odds.

"I think there is a lot more pressure on them to beat us," he said. "We are the underdogs. But we have got great players and match-winners as well so we are all looking forward to it.

"It is going to be a great occasion taking the lads out at Wembley. It is going to be huge, it is definitely right up there, even bigger than taking Celtic out for the last 16 of the Champions League.

"It is going to be hard, high-tempo and a great occasion for the fans as well and I'm sure the Tartan Army will be there in their thousands."

Gordon Strachan decided against taking his squad to Wembley for a training session on Tuesday night.

The Scots boss believes the players have already worked hard enough and did not need the hassle of travelling through London.

"We are feeling good," he said, while admitting a couple of his players are carrying knocks which is delaying the naming of his team.

"We had a couple of sessions on Monday and a session yesterday morning.

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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