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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 19:40 GMT

Keegan: Don't disrespect the Scots

Kevin Keegan hopes he can field the same side at Wembley

Kevin Keegan has rejected criticism that England underperformed in the 2-0 win over Scotland on Sunday.

Kevin Keegan: "Scotland have an impressive record under Craig Brown"
Speaking at a media conference on Monday, the England coach bristled at the suggestion that England should not get carried away by the win because they had not beaten quality opposition.

Alan Shearer: "In an ideal world we'll put on a show. But we'll settle for a draw"
"I think you've totally disrespected the opposition," Keegan said.

"My job is to build the players up and I think the performance on Saturday was excellent.

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"You carry on the negative way and I'll carry on the positive road because that's mine."

The ex-Fulham manager said injuries were at a minimum, and that he would be overjoyed if he could start with same team.

[ image: Keegan defended under-fire midfielder Jamie Redknapp]
Keegan defended under-fire midfielder Jamie Redknapp
Speaking of Paul Scholes, who missed England's first training session this week, he said: "Paul's wife rang up a little concerned about the baby, but it's nothing.

"He will be back soon. Missing a morning's training won't do him too much harm.

"David Seaman has not trained either. He has a slight problem, but other than that we had everyone there.

"It would a first for me if I could say 'same again'. There have always been so many changes with injuries and suspensions in my previous matches in charge."

Keegan also came to the defence of Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, the one England player who came in for criticism in the win at Hampden when he was playing out of position on the left.

"I thought he did terrific," Keegan said.

[ image: Collina is one of the most distinctive officials in football]
Collina is one of the most distinctive officials in football
"Would he sooner be in the side playing on the left or not playing? I know what the answer will be.

"It was his best game for England while I have been in charge and gave Paul Scholes the chance to push forward.

Italian referee Pierluigi Collina has been appointed to take charge of Wednesday's clash, which kicks-off at Wembley 8pm.

Collina is well-known to Paul Ince, who is likely to keep his place in the centre of midfield after playing well at Hampden in the first leg.

The Middlesbrough midfielder has twice been sent off by the bald-headed Italian, once for England and once when he was with Inter Milan.

After he was dismissed in England's international against Sweden 14 months ago, Ince compounded the offence by making a V-sign for which he was subsequently banned for three matches by Uefa.

"Ince was sent off in Stockholm and someone told me he was also sent off by him at club level. Hopefully it will be third time lucky," said Keegan.

"I'm delighted - he's a world-class referee. He stands out because of the way he looks but I have no problem with his appointment."

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