Head Coach Brian Eastick looks towards the Auld Enemey.
England v Scotland
7pm, Monday 1 June 2009
Bramall Lane, Sheffield United FC
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Head Coach Brian Eastick stated at the start of the week that he thought the Elite Round would only be decided after all three games and that proved to be exactly the case, following England’s victory over Slovakia at Valley Parade.
Whilst the Young Lions made it two wins out of two, their Scottish counterparts also kept up their 100 per cent record with a victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina meaning that when the teams meet at Bramall Lane on Monday, the result will decide which nation is to reach the Finals in Ukraine in July.
England have a superior goal difference meaning they hold a slight advantage, but Eastick is taking nothing for granted ahead of the game.
“We’re delighted to have won the first two, but it’s all going to be down to Monday’s game with Scotland now,” he said.
“I’ve said all along that I anticipated having to win all three and that’s proved to be the case.
“I think most people would’ve put their money on it coming down to the last game with Scotland.
“It will be difficult, it’s a one-off game to go to Ukraine and will probably be a bit of a nervy affair.
“Scotland are a very good team and we’re taking nothing for granted, as I don’t there’s a great deal between the two teams so it will be who plays the best on the night.”
Two goals from Nile Ranger and a late brace for Nathan Delfouneso won it for England on Friday and Eastick was pleased with the way his side tackled what could’ve been a tricky match against a strong and physical team.
“We did emphasise the importance of set plays, particularly for a game like today where it was a bit scrappy sand physical at times,” he added.
“We had a couple of really good deliveries from Victor Moses and some good finishing .
“Nile Ranger is a threat and he’s one of the younger players that we brought into the squad to give some experience and help blood and he’s coming along nicely.
“Let’s hope he can reproduce it again on Monday.”
You can be there to see the game by calling the Bramall Lane hotline on 0871 995 1889. Tickets cost just £3 for adults (£5 on the day) or £1 for concessions.