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Friday, November 12, 1999 Published at 16:19 GMT

Brown stays silent on team selection

The Scotland manager will announce his team on Saturday

Scotland manager Craig Brown is keeping his team selection for the crucial first leg of the Scotland v England Euro 2000 clash a closely guarded secret.

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Speaking to the media after the squad's final training session on Friday he said even his regular first choice players do not know whether they are in the side.

The BBC's Adam Mynott reports: "The squad is relishing the role of underdog"
Brown said: "Usually I would tell the more experienced players whether they are in or not.

"But these are exceptional circumstances, it is an exceptional game and I want to think about things properly.

"We have gone over a few variations in training to give us options just in case certain people miss out but I'm not delaying my selection just because Kevin Keegan has chosen to do so.

[ image: The first leg will be at Hampden Park]
The first leg will be at Hampden Park
"I have been consistent all the way through this but we all know how much this game means."

The first 11 will be announced at 1100GMT on Saturday - before the Hampden Park kick-off at 1400GMT.

Injury problems have dogged the Scotland boss's team selection but the side's stalwart skipper Colin Hendry, whose domestic side Rangers have expressed fitness doubts, could yet lead out the side.

The full squad completed their preparations at their Troon base on the Ayrshire coast on Friday afternoon.

Injury worries

Although Brown gave few clues as to his line up following the final training session, he did indicate that only one man is likely to miss out through anything other than team selection.

Scotland coach Craig Brown speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live
"Gary McSwegan is the main injury worry and I don't think he's going to make it," said the Scotland coach. "But he should be fine for the second leg next Wednesday."

Brown added that he would be happy to take a clean sheet to Wembley but that was not his sole intention.

"It is just as important to score," he said.

"I do fancy us to get a goal at Wembley so if we can stop England scoring tomorrow that would obviously be a huge advantage but if we could take a lead into the second leg that would be better."

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