Wayne in warning to England kids ahead of Celtic Park clash

Wayne Rooney. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Wayne Rooney. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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Wayne Rooney will tell the younger members of the England squad they must not be intimidated by the hostile atmosphere at Celtic Park on Tuesday.

Rooney marked his entry into the 100 club with a crucial penalty on Saturday as England came from behind to record a 3-1 win over Slovenia.

Focus now turns to Tuesday’s international against Scotland in Glasgow. Although a friendly by name, there will be no sense of bonhomie between the two sides or the rival fans inside the famous 60,000-seater stadium.

Rooney knows all about the white-hot atmosphere of Celtic Park.

He played there twice with Manchester United and he has also watched from the stands after being given tickets by his old team-mates Alan Stubbs and Roy Keane.

Given the intense rivalry between the two nations, Rooney expects the decibel levels to be even higher on Tuesday night and he therefore feels his inexperienced team-mates may need some calm words of reassurance before kick-off.

“You don’t realise until you actually play there what the atmosphere is like,” the England captain said.

“The atmosphere was great when I was in the crowd, unbelievable, but you don’t realise until you’re on that pitch what it’s like so maybe a few of them, you might need to speak to them and say: ‘Listen, this is going to be hostile. Make sure you blank it out, relax, and play your normal game. Don’t get involved in it.’”

The atmosphere will be the polar opposite to the one inside Wembley on Saturday.

Once Rooney had gained his commemorative golden cap from Sir Bobby Charlton and his two children had left the field, the 82,305 fans inside Wembley quickly fell silent. It was easy to see why. England’s first-half performance was terrible - among the worst in a long while.

The only time they looked like scoring was when Samir Handanovic had to stick his right leg out to deflect Jasmin Kurtic’s woeful back-pass wide.

The night before, Scotland maintained the pressure on their group rivals Poland and Germany with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland. And Rooney thinks the Scots will pose a tough test for England next week.

“Scotland are doing well at the minute,” he said.

“They seem to have found a bit of form under Gordon Strachan, so we know it’ll be a tough game.”

Meanwhile, Captain Ashley Williams hailed Wales’ goalless draw in Belgium as one the best performances he has ever been involved with in international football.

Chris Coleman’s men claimed a point away from home against the Group B favourites to remain unbeaten in Euro 2016 qualification and Williams was delighted with the draw.

“One of the best performances I’ve seen at least in my time with Wales as a team,” he said. “Everyone really stuck to the cause. It wasn’t too pretty in the first half but we dug in.

“To come here and get a point and a clean sheet is massive for us.”