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FOOTBALL: WE'LL SHUT DOOR ON KEV.

SCOTLAND'S Bravehearts last night vowed to slam the Euro 2000 door shut in Kevin Keegan's face.

Our play-off hopefuls reacted with fire and passion after yesterday's Aachen draw paired the Auld Enemies together.

The sides will clash at Hampden on Saturday, November 13 and at Wembley four days later and the Scots are confident Keegan's over-confidence will backfire on him.

After Sweden ensured England qualified for the play-offs at Poland's expense last weekend, the England manager said: "We've got in through the back door but hopefully we can now go through the front door."

Keegan claimed that his side can win next summer's championship - but now they have to overcome Scotland to get there.

Scots skipper Colin Hendry pledged: "One thing in our favour is that the English players have never had to play at Hampden in front of our fans.

"A lot of our guys know what it's like to play at Wembley but they've never experienced Hampden."

Alan Shearer's Newcastle strike partner, Kevin Gallacher, insisted: "The English have weaknesses and we have to exploit them."

And his international partner, Billy Dodds, said: "One of us is going to be disappointed and I have to be confident it will be England.

"Keegan is being a little silly tipping England to win Euro 2000."

Celtic skipper Tom Boyd mimicked Keegan by saying: "I'd really, really love it if we beat them."

But Scotland coach Craig Brown was more cautious, warning: "Bagpipes and warpaint won't win this game - concentration, effort and ability will."

Keegan admitted: "I'm pleased with the draw but not because I'm under- estimating Scotland."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Campbell, Iain
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 14, 1999
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