England Under-21s pair Nat Chalobah and Jack Butland speak to FATV ahead of Scotland game
England v Scotland
Kick It Out International
7.30pm, Tuesday 13 August 2013
Bramall Lane, Sheffield United FC
Live on BT Sport 1
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and Nathaniel Chalobah
are hoping Monday’s visit from Kick It Out ambassadors Cyrille Regis and Garth Crooks can help inspire England to victory at Bramall Lane.
The Under-21 squad were reminded of the significance of their fixture with Scotland in Sheffield by the pair, who spoke about Laurie Cunningham and how he became the first black player to start and score for the Three Lions in the same match back in 1977.
And with a new Euro qualifying campaign due to start next month for the Three Lions and Roy Hodgson
taking charge for Tuesday’s game, both Butland and Chalobah are keen to ensure a positive start to the new season is made.
Butland told FATV
: “There’s a lot of things going on, but it’s all very positive.
“For the Kick It Out campaign, it’s an occasion to mark 20 years, replicating the fixture when Laurie Cunningham scored all those years ago.
“So it’s a great experience for us to be able to prove to Roy Hodgson what we can do and put a marker down for this season.
“We want to start these next two years of qualification with a good win over Scotland.
“There will be nothing better than that so hopefully we make it the case when we come up against them.”
Chelsea midfielder Chalobah admits he has been impressed by Hodgson and his coaching team during their work together over the last few days.
Since meeting up on Saturday evening, the group have had two full training sessions with Hodgson, assistant coach Ray Lewington and coach Gary Neville.
He said: “It’s been very good and educational under the Manager, we’ve been learning a lot of new things and he’s been trying to embed certain things into the squad - things like the mentality and the philosophy of how we should be playing.
“We’ve been given a freedom to try and do the right things in the right areas and we hope to try and use that on Tuesday.
“The boys have just been trying to gel and work together as a team and we just want to make sure that we go out there tomorrow and get a result.
“It’s the start of something new and we try to forget about Israel because it was very disappointing and it still hurts to this day.
“But we’ve got to be professional and try to move on and do better than we did last time.”
And with the ‘Auld Enemy’ forming the opposition for this game, Butland admits it’s a game he’s been looking forward to having not faced Scotland since his U16 days and the Victory Shield.
The Stoke City keeper added: “Club rivalry comes up more often and it’s not often that you get to play your rivals internationally.
“I’m sure and it’s a game we’ll be wanting to win, and to do it convincingly.”
Watch the full interview with the pair on FATV below.