England relishing Scotland friendly, says Gerrard

England are relishing Wednesday’s friendly with Scotland, captain Steven Gerrard has said, with the Guardian reporting the Liverpool skipper as saying he expects that if England lose to Scotland at Wembley, it will be remembered for a long time on both sides.

Gerrard has never played Scotland at senior international level – the countries have not met since a Euro 2000 qualification play-off in 1999, before Gerrard made his England debut – and not since 1996 have England beaten Scotland at home. A header from Don Hutchison gave Scotland the win in the Wembley leg of the play-off, although it was England who qualified.

I know this is classed as a friendly but we are all patriotic Englishmen and we all want to beat Scotland,” Gerrard said. “You want to make your own history, have your own memories.

This will probably be my last chance to play Scotland so, if we get a win, it’ll be one I remember for the rest of my life. And if we were to get beat, I’m sure we will be criticised for a very long time.

Paul Gascoigne starred the last time England beat Scotland at Wembley, in a Euro ’96 group game. Gary McAllister missed a penalty moments before Gascoigne scored a spectacular goal, with England winning the match 2-1.

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