The England captain used to be known for his disciplinary problems…
England skipper Wayne Rooney has warned England’s youngsters to stay calm in their game with Scotland, reports the Daily Mail.
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The game is being played at Celtic Park in Glasgow. He has told the younger members of his side that they shouldn’t be intimidated by the atmosphere at the ground.
You don’t realise until you actually play there what the atmosphere is like,’ the 29-year-old 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.”
The striker used to be known for his own ill-disciplined behaviour on the pitch, but has improved that area of his game in recent years. The extra responsibility of captaincy seems to have improved the mental side of his game even further.
England play Scotland in the 60,000 seater Celtic Park on Tuesday. It is the first time they have played since the Three Lions beat the Scots 3-2 back in August 2013. That game was played at Wembley, and was the first match between the sides since they played in a play off for the 2000 European Championship.
The game could allow either team to build on their wins in their most recent qualifying matches. England beat Slovenia 3-1 and Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0.