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Wednesday, November 17, 1999 Published at 10:47 GMT


Keegan goes for goals

Kevin Keegan: "We have got to do a professional job, to finish off Saturday"

England vs Scotland, 17 Nov, kick-off 2000 GMT

England coach, Kevin Keegan, has announced his side will be looking for goals when they face Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday.

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Keegan has urged his side to book their place in the European finals by killing off Scotland early on, after a Paul Scholes brace earned England a 2-0 first leg lead.

According to Keegan, defeat at Wembley is unthinkable. But despite the high stakes he has insisted his side will be looking for another victory.


[ image: England captain Alan Shearer will be hoping to hit the back of the net]
England captain Alan Shearer will be hoping to hit the back of the net
The ex-Fulham boss, who is likely to field an unchanged side if Martin Keown shakes off a calf injury, said: "If I say that we are going out for a 0-0 and put out the side I played on Saturday, the critics will say 'you're mad, this is not a 0-0 side'.

"If we went 1-0 down then you may have to get people behind the ball for 10 to 15 minutes - but over 90 minutes we have to go out and play football.

"I want a decent win and if we went 1-0 down we have to adapt to that but it doesn't mean to say we can't win 2-1 or 3-1. We have goals in us.

"We have got to do a professional job, to finish off Saturday. We worked really hard to get into the driving seat - and now we've got to drive. It will be a terrible waste of Saturday's effort if we don't go through."

Silence is golden

Keegan has also urged the England fans to put the Scottish supporters to shame by respecting 'Flower of Scotland', after 'God Save the Queen' was drowned out by boos at Hampden Park.

He said: "Ideally I would not like to hear a pin drop when the band play 'Flower of Scotland' and then the place to erupt when they play our National Anthem.

"That would be my dream. Sometimes silence is golden. I wasn't pleased to hear the anthem treated the way it was last Saturday."

David Seaman will retain his place between the posts after proving his fitness following a slight calf injury.

But his Arsenal colleague Keown is rated at only 50-50 and Aston Villa defender Gareth Southgate is on stand-by if he fails to recover.



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