Rooney expects Glasgow thunder

Wayne Rooney will tell younger members of the England squad they must not be intimidated by the hostile atmosphere at Celtic Park against Scotland tomorrow.

Rooney expects Glasgow thunder

Rooney marked his entry into the 100 club with a penalty on Saturday as England came from behind to record a 3-1 win over Slovenia.

Focus now turns to tomorrow’s international against Ireland’s conquerors Scotland in Glasgow. Although a friendly by name, there will be no sense of bonhomie between the two sides or the rival fans inside the famous 60,000-seater stadium.

Rooney knows all about the white-hot atmosphere of Celtic Park.

He played there twice with Manchester United and he has also watched from the stands after being given tickets by his old team-mates Alan Stubbs and Roy Keane.

Given the intense rivalry between the two nations, Rooney expects the decibel levels to be even higher on Tuesday night and he therefore feels his inexperienced team-mates may need some calm words of reassurance before kick-off.

“You don’t realise until you actually play there what the atmosphere is like,” the England captain said.

“The atmosphere was great when I was in the crowd, unbelievable, but you don’t realise until you’re on that pitch what it’s like so maybe a few of them, you might need to speak to them and say: ’Listen, this is going to be hostile. Make sure you blank it out, relax, and play your normal game. Don’t get involved in it.’”

Slovenia quickly crumbled on Saturday after Rooney won and converted his 59th minute penalty.

Danny Welbeck scored his 12th and 13th England goals to stretch England’s lead at the top of Group E to six points.

Roy Hodgson’s only disappointment was that his team had conceded their first qualification goal thanks to Jordan Henderson’s 57th minute own goal.

“When we went a goal down, it was important we came straight back and we did that,” the England manager said.

” Our goal before this game was to go into the New Year with 12 points, unbeaten.

“The only disappointment is that we now can no longer boast about having a clean sheet but I suppose we still can boast that no opponent has scored against us because we put the ball in our own goal for them.”

Hodgson confirmed after the match that Joe Hart had been released from the squad.

Behind Roy Hodgson’s side, there are three teams level on six points in the group — Slovenia, Switzerland and Lithuania.

The latter pair played each other in St Gallen, with the Swiss running out 4-0 winners. Giedrius Arlauskis scored an own-goal before Fabian Schar and a Xherdan Shaqiri double wrapped up the victory.

The day’s other game in Group E saw the two sides at the bottom of the pool, San Marino and Estonia, play out a 0-0 draw in Serravalle, handing the hosts and basement boys their first point of the campaign.

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