Wednesday, June 28

Derby County man Ikechi Anya reckons Scotland have ‘good chance’ of beating England

Derby County wide man Ikechi Anya believes Scotland have a “good chance” of beating England this weekend.

Anya is part of the Scottish squad preparing to take on the Auld Enemy in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday (5pm), along with Rams team-mate Chris Martin.

England currently top Group F with four wins and a draw from their five fixtures so far, while Martin’s late winner against Slovenia last time out kept the fourth-placed Scots’ qualification hopes alive.
Anya, who has 26 caps to his name, has played against England twice before – in a 3-1 friendly defeat at Celtic Park in 2014 and a 3-0 loss at Wembley in November as part of the current campaign.

So, the 29-year-old hopes it will be third time lucky for him.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play in a few of these games before and the atmosphere is always electric,” Anya told RamsTV.

“I felt we were a bit hard done by back in November but maybe I am a bit biased saying that. I’ve had two games against England and lost them both, so hopefully it can change this time!

“These games are what football is about, especially with the rivalry. It’s probably not the best time for it to appear on the fixture list but we will deal with the situation.

“England are one of the main contenders in the group, so it will be difficult but we’re at home in front of our fans.

“If we can keep to our game plan, I think we have a good chance of winning the game.”

Scotland’s Ikechi Anya during the training session at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read: Kirk O’Rourke/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the Scottish FA.


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