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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 14:34 GMT


Shearer salutes gutsy performance

England captain Alan Shearer (right): "We did a hell of a job"

England captain Alan Shearer saluted his team after their impressive victory at Hampden on Saturday.


The England striker Paul Scholes: "I think it's not in England's nature to go for a draw"
Speaking after the game, Shearer said his side had performed well in the second-half to shut the Scots out.

But he warned that England would be taking nothing for granted at Wembley on Wednesday.

Battle of Britain
"In the second-half, the Scots pushed up, but the damage had already been done," Shearer said.

"We couldn't have asked for more and could not have worked harder and Paul (Scholes) again came up with the goods.

"I knew we wouldn't be able to hear the anthem," he said. "We knew it would he hard and we did a hell of a job. But it's only half-time. We have to finish it at Wembley.

"We attack and we want to score goals, so that's the way we'll play it on Wednesday."


The Scotland midfielder John Collins: "We created some chances and never took them"
Double goalscorer, Paul Scholes, said he was delighted with his performance.

"I got booked for celebrating, which was a silly thing to do, but I was a bit excited," he said.

"Before the game Kevin (Keegan) told me to get forward as much as possible and it worked.


[ image: Scotland's David Weir gets in a tangle with England hero Paul Scholes]
Scotland's David Weir gets in a tangle with England hero Paul Scholes
"The first goal I took on my chest and managed to slip it past (Paul) Sullivan, the second I didn't have time to think about."

Scotland captain, Colin Hendry, admitted he was devastated by the result, saying: "I'm sorry for the fans.

"We didn't have any key to unlock the back door. Kevin Gallacher worked tirelessly, but it wouldn't happen for us.


Kevin Keegan explains what he thought of his team's performance
"It's an uphill task for us now. I'm very, very sorry for the supporters because it's time like these you don't want to go through.


Alan Shearer: "We had a good day"
"It's going to have to be a ridiculously impressive performance on Wednesday, but we showed we're not also-rans. We just got punished by two good strikes from Scholes.

"But believe me, we'll try twice as hard and give it our best shot."



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