Scotland v England: Nullify Harry Kane's threat, says Alex McLeish

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish and England striker Harry Kane
Nullifying the threat posed by Harry Kane will be key, says Alex McLeish
World Cup qualifying: Scotland v England
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 10 June Kick-off: 17:00 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland, live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Scotland must keep England striker Harry Kane quiet and be strong defensively to win Saturday's World Cup qualifier, says Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss says nullifying England's attack at Hampden will prove key to their chances.

"We have to shut the door at the back. That's been our Achilles heel in a lot of qualifying games over the past two years," he said.

"Keeping Harry Kane quiet is another job - that's what we have to do."

Gordon Strachan's side are fourth in Group F at the midway point of the qualifiers. With five games played and with a record of two wins, a draw and two defeats, Scotland, on seven points, trail group leaders England by six, Slovakia by two and Slovenia by a single point.

The group winners go through to the finals while the best eight runners-up play in two-legged play-off matches.

The Scots face England at Hampden and must hope their chances of reaching a first major finals since the World Cup in France in 1998 are still alive come September.

That is when the campaign resumes with an away tie against Lithuania and a home game against Malta, before October's concluding pair of games at home to Slovakia and away to Slovenia.

McLeish added: "I don't think a defeat is necessarily the end of Scotland but we're not looking at a defeat - we're looking at a famous victory."

World Cup Qualifying Group F
Scotland's remaining Group F fixtures
Saturday, 10 June, Scotland v England, kick-off 17:00
Friday, 1 September, Lithuania v Scotland, kick-off 19:45
Monday, 4 September, Scotland v Malta, kick-off 19:45
Thursday, 5 October , Scotland v Slovakia, kick-off 19:45
Sunday, 8 October, Slovenia v Scotland, kick-off 17:00

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