Steven Gerrard expects a derby feel when Scotland come to Wembley on Wednesday
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Steven Gerrard is expecting England's meeting with Scotland on Wednesday night to feel more like a derby match than an international friendly.
The Three Lions skipper is anticipating a quick start from the Scottish side but says that his team mates are just as excited for the big match at Wembley.
He also believes that a good result for Roy Hodgson's men will help their chances of reaching the World Cup Finals in Brazil next year.
A win would give England even more confidence as they prepare for crucial qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine in September.
“Scotland are bringing 20,000 (fans) and we are going to have 60,000, so it is going to be like a derby match," said Gerrard.
“As players it is the type of game you want to play in and as fans you want to watch.
“It is a World Cup year with important qualifying games so we need a good result against our local rivals and we are excited and looking forward to the game.
"It is important we go in with confidence, because this is a big game for us. There'll be no holding back and we want to win."
Gerrard was also pleased to see Wayne Rooney looking good in training at St. George's Park this week and says the Manchester United striker is ready to play a big role against the Scots.
Rooney has missed most of pre-season with hamstring and shoulder injuries that have ruled him out of most of his club's pre-season programme.
Gerrard has no doubts he can make an impact if given a chance against Scotland.
"He's certainly not match-fit because he's not played in any friendly games throughout the summer but it's the same old Wayne Rooney in training - he looks good and he's scoring goals," Gerrard told a press conference.
"He's certainly ready to play; he's prepared really well. He needs these minutes for his own personal fitness and I'm sure he's itching to start."