Friday 15 December 2017

Anya hails Strachan as being the difference for Scotland

Scotland's Ikechi Anya
Scotland's Ikechi Anya

Ikechi Anya has put the confidence he gets when pulling on a Scotland shirt down to the encouragement of manager Gordon Strachan.

The 27-year-old wide man has started only once in Watford's last seven matches, but showed again how much at home he is on the international stage with a fine performance, especially in the first half, in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland at Hampden.

The irrepressible Glaswegian exuded belief in the early stages and had several attempts on goal, although it took a late Christophe Berra header from debutant Matt Ritchie's corner to give the hosts the victory.

"I put it down to the gaffer," Anya said. "He tells me all the time that I am in the team to try to get at players.

"Even in training sometimes, when I don't attack the full-back, he is having a go at me. He gives me a lot of confidence."

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