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WE CAN GO ALL THE WAY TO THE FINAL Says Tommy Boyd.

Tom Boyd isn't getting himself worked up into a sweat over today's Wembley Battle of Britain ... because he's planning for an even BIGGER game in 15 days' time.

The Scotland stopper reckons today's Group A crunch will be a huge step towards his ultimate goal of WINNING Euro 96.

And he wants Wembley to become a second home for Scotland over the next fortnight.

Bold Boyd is convinced we can claim a slot in the June 30 final ahead of the cream of European football.

And Monday's draw with soccer toffs Holland has left him more convinced than ever that Craig Brown's side are right to be dreaming of Wembley glory.

The Celtic star said: "We've come down here with the attitude of thinking we can win the whole thing.

"It would be a fantastic achievement, but we are thinking in these terms.

"Our holidays are on hold, but if we win the championship I would have a few days' break after that!

"We weren't expected to do anything here, but with that result against Holland we've given ourselves a great chance.

"If we get to the quarter-finals it would be the first time we've ever qualified for the closing stages of a major tournament - and it would drive us on."

Boyd's dream hinges on today's crunch clash with the hosts.

And that's why he knows we have to play with the heart AND the head at the home of English football this afternoon.

He said: "We'll have to make sure we are not carried away by the crowd cheering us on.

"The fans will want us to charge forward all the time. But you can't do that in the conditions.

"But we'll need skill and passion to close down England.

"I was booked against the Dutch and if I get another it means I'll miss the next game. But I can't afford to think about it.

"At Wembley if the ball is going to be won I'll have to go in and do it. I can't afford to hold back.

"The first half is going to turn into a frantic British-style cup tie. It will be like the World Cup final.

"If we beat England we'd end up being remembered like the `67 side which beat the world champs.

"It would also mean we'd only have to draw with the Swiss to go through."

Meanwhile, Andy Goram reckons he knows the perfect way to stop his Rangers mate Paul Gascoigne today - CLATTER him!

The hero keeper said: "We need to give him a whack early on.

"But we have to make sure it's only bad enough to stop him doing the business at Wembley and not so it jeopardises his start to next season with Rangers!"

Goram knows if Gazza clicks, England will swarm towards him constantly for the 90 minutes.

He said: "Gazza's a great player and we'll have to watch him carefully. We can't let him turn it on.

"This will be my first time against the English and I've never played at Wembley. When I was here before I was on the bench and Jim Leighton played."

Now Goram has edged out his old mate between the sticks - but Goram knows he's just one blunder away from handing the Hibs man back the jersey.

He said: "The rivalry between us will continue and that's what I would expect. But I don't feel I have anything to provetoday.

"Jim himself did as much as anyone to hit back at the old myth about Scottish goalkeepers.

"The way he battled back after what happened to him at Manchester United and afterwards makes him extra-special.

"His performances mean every Scots keeper isn't having to battle to prove anything to people like Jimmy Greaves who only used the jokes about us to keep a job.

"As it happens, I don't see too many great goalies in England.''

Goram hasn't even met David Seaman who will be at the opposite end of Wembley for the big game this afternoon.

Andy said: "This match is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It's a massive date in my career.

"My wife Tracey, brother-in-law, father-in-law and cousin will all be here and I hope we give them something to shout about.

"We don't want it always to be a story of glorious failure.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Campbell, Iain; Clark, Graham
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 15, 1996
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