Scotland vs England: England's next generation set to be given lesson in crowd pressure

Hodgson set to ring in the changes for Tuesday night's friendly

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Roy Hodgson is expected to give young England players like Saido Berahino and Ross Barkley game time against Scotland at Celtic Park tomorrow so they can experience a hostile international atmosphere for the first time.

There will be changes to the team that beat Slovenia 3-1 on Saturday, with the uncapped West Bromwich Albion striker Berahino expected to play some part, as well as Everton midfielder Barkley, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a substitute at Wembley. Goalkeeper Joe Hart has been given the rest of the international week off so there will be a rare start for either Fraser Forster, who has conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season, or Ben Foster.

Hodgson wants to see forward Theo Walcott back in international action, and is set to make full use of the six substitutions permitted in friendlies. Given the ease with which England are sailing through Euro 2016 qualification in Group E, with four wins from four, Hodgson hopes the Glasgow game will prove a more exacting test.

Speaking about the friendly against Scotland, who beat the Republic of Ireland on Friday in Euro 2016 qualifying, Hodgson said: “We know there are a lot of stern tests ahead of us and it starts on Tuesday night. I hope the players who get a chance to play will be able to stand up to the crowd pressure. I hope they will learn from it. Any lessons we take from it will only be valuable in the future.”

Asked if Berahino and Barkley were in his thoughts, Hodgson said: “Yes, of course they are. The fact is they are called up to play. I can’t guarantee them starting positions but I wouldn’t be averse to giving them starting positions.”

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck, who scored twice against Slovenia, said the Scotland game was regarded as a big match in the England dressing room. “No, it won’t be a friendly, it is a game we are all looking forward to,” he said. “Hopefully we can come away with a win.


“It is a classic fixture, last time we won [3-2 in 2013 at Wembley] Rickie Lambert came on and he was the hero. Scotland will want to get their revenge on us so it will be a feisty match.”

West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing is fit to play after recovering from a knee injury sustained before the Slovenia game. Hodgson also name-checked England Under-21s midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Burnley’s Danny Ings, hinting at future senior team call-ups.

The England manager admitted he was not happy with the state of the Wembley pitch, with markings from the NFL game six days’ earlier still visible, but said he understood the need for the Football Association’s commercial department to generate revenue from Wembley.

“I said [to the FA], ‘You can’t expect me to defend the decisions made by the commercial side, you have to allow me to speak as a football person.’ But I am not naively saying this is wrong because I don’t have the problem of making Wembley go round as they do.”