England: Bramall Lane braced for Scotland clash

England manager Roy Hodgson speaks with Ray Lewington (left) and Gary Neville during the training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 11, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England U21. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
England manager Roy Hodgson speaks with Ray Lewington (left) and Gary Neville during the training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 11, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England U21. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
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Andre Wisdom, the England under-21 international, says Roy Hodgson’s side have a point to prove against Scotland tonight.

Wisdom was a member of the squad which failed to deliver at the European Championships earlier this summer.

And, speaking ahead of the meeting with Billy Stark’s charges at Bramall Lane (kick-off 7.30pm), he said: “There are a million other people, kids or young men, who want to put the shirt on and represent the country so we’ve always got something to prove.

“Looking back on the Euros, it was disappointing but it was a learning experience.

“We just want to make a good start and hopefully go on from there.

“It’s good that the fans keep showing their support and hopefully we can reward them with the results and put a performance on.

“I wouldn’t say that we’ve got over it, hopefully we can just learn from it.

“People say that we may not be good enough, but we want to prove the critics wrong and we can only do that by winning.”

Wisdom, aged 20, has represented Liverpool at both Premier and Europa League level.

He has spent the week working with Sheffield United’s George Long and former Barnsley defender John Stones at St George’s Park as Hodgson, manager of England’s senior squad, prepares to take charge of both this evening’s contest and tomorrow’s full international between the two rivals at Wembley stadium.

“Hopefully myself and the team can just impress the fans and impress the manager,” Wisdom continued. “It was a learning experience because, thinking forward, if myself or the rest of the lads get picked for a tournament we know how to deal with certain situations, playing different opposition and different countries at different stadiums.

“When things aren’t going as you’d like, you know how to deal with the media better and I’ve learnt more from it on that side.

“We were turning teams over and it was all positive from there, but when we went to the Euros things didn’t go as planned or as well as we’d have liked.

“So I’ve learned a lot since on how to deal with that.”

As the Football Association’s search for Stuart Pearce’s successor gather pace - an announcement is set to be made before next month’s Euro 2015 qualifier against Moldova - Hodgson’s presence on the touchline tonight means the Young Lions will be under the spotlight like never before.

“It doesn’t change the focus of the lads collectively,” Wisdom said. “The main objective is to win so that’s the same goal for each game.

“But it’s good for the senior manager to come and train with us and it’s a good way for him to show us how he wants the seniors to play and we can try and emulate that.

“It’s only a short time that we’re with him, but it’s good. Everyone is eager to start so there’s no slacking in training and we’re working in the right way.

“We know Scotland are about. We’ve been watching clips of them and the lads are eager to go.

“It’s like a derby and there’s a big rivalry between England and Scotland and myself and the lads are just focused on the task ahead.

“We just want to put a good performance on and get a good result.”

Meanwhile, Islam Feruz hopes to cap a memorable summer by firing Scotland to victory over England.

The Chelsea centre-forward was among six youth players selected by Jose Mourinho for the Londoner’s recent tour of Asia.

Feruz, 17, said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for this match because it shows I’m doing something right at my club.

England will be a big test for us and the nerves will probably stark kicking in nearer the time but if I play I hope I can help the team to a win.

I’ve scored two goals for the under-21s so far and it was nice to do that because it shows you can cope with the level.

“As a player, it’s good to test yourself at the highest level and I’m glad I’ve continued to be picked for the under-21s over the last few months.

“I enjoy playing for the national team and one day I’d like to play for the Scotland senior team as well. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”