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Mulgrew buzzing for England match

9 June 2017

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Charlie Mulgrew is excited by the prospect of lining up for Scotland in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against England.

The Rovers defender is expected to get the nod in Gordon Strachan’s side for the eagerly-anticipated match at Hampden Park.

Scotland remain hopeful of securing a play-off place for the 2018 finals in Russia, as they currently sit fourth in Group F, two points behind second-place Slovakia.

England are sitting pretty at the top of the table, having claimed 13 points from their five games played, and Mulgrew is under no illusions as to the size of the challenge ahead.

"It would mean everything to me,” said the 31-year-old.

“It is something I have grown up thinking about, playing in these type of games, and I'm sure everyone in the squad has as well.

"It's massive. There's a lot of excitement in the camp. Everyone has grown up watching these games and these are the ones you want to be involved in.

“I remember Don Hutchison scoring at Wembley and I remember Euro 96 with Gazza scoring that goal and doing the celebration.

"Watching those games as youngster, your aim is to be involved in them. You probably never think it's going to happen, but I'm delighted to be here and get a chance of being involved hopefully.

"To top it off with a victory would be brilliant, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves. It's a huge challenge ahead, England are a great team and we will be massive underdogs.

"They are a top side. Every one of their players are world class, so it is going to be difficult for us, but we are up for it and we will be ready for it when the game comes.

"I think everyone in the squad has confidence in their ability and that shows out there in training.

"The standard is very high, the tempo is very high. Everyone is buzzing. It is going to be a very difficult game, but it is one as a player you want to be involved in."

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