Steve Stone discusses Scotland, charities and some magic memories
Former England winger Steve Stone
is delighted to see the Scotland fixture back in the football calendar – and pleased it will be for such a good cause.
Roy Hodgson’s England face their neighbours on Wednesday in the Teenage Cancer Trust International at Wembley Stadium, and Stone is pleased to see charities as well as fans benefitting from such a momentous occasion.
Stone said: “It will be a great occasion. The fans are looking for the team to put on a good show.
“Scotland are going to come and make it difficult but we are looking for a special performance. We need to get the crowd right behind the team. That’s what you need and hopefully we score some goals because the fans will want to be entertained.”
Once the fixture was announced it was confirmed that the it would be dedicated to raising awareness and much needed funds for its chosen charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust, a decision which pleases Stone.
“It is great to be able to use these big matches to put the spotlight on good causes,” said Stone.
“Teenage Cancer Trust do a lot of important work, just like the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation or the charities we are involved with at Newcastle, and I think the awareness thing is just as important as raising money.
“People do amazing work and they don’t get to be seen. They are the real heroes in life. They make a difference to real people’s lives and using football to recognise that is great.”
Stone came off the bench the last time England defeated Scotland at Wembley during Euro 96, and as the match looms closer, Stone admits it is bringing back a lot of happy memories.
Stone said: “Euro 96 was a special time for the country. I can’t believe it was 17 years ago.
“It was an amazing occasion. Scotland actually nearly took the lead, missed a penalty through Gary McAllister but we had that wonderful goal from Paul Gascoigne to win 2-0. That goal stays in everyone’s minds to this day.
“It is great to have the chance to play Scotland again. We don’t do it enough. It is important that we do play against our old rivals.”