England boss Roy Hogdson hopes the experience of running out in front of the Celtic Park cauldron will shape up his youngsters for the rigours of international football.
The Three Lions manager and his team can expect a fearsome reception when they appear from the tunnel in the east of Glasgow for Tuesday night’s friendly clash with Scotland.
It will be the Auld Enemy’s first match north of the border since their 1999 European Championship play-off clash at Hampden.
A near sell-out crowd is expected at a 60,000-seater arena famous around Europe for the ear-splitting noise generated by the Celtic support on big Champions League nights.
It will be the Tartan Army who take up residence on Tuesday, though - but Hodgson is convinced the decibel levels will not drop.
He said: “Our approach to the game is exciting, it is a big game and we will be given a tough test. Scotland will be keen to win the game and I hope we feel the same way.
“We don’t see so many of these games between the countries now. Last season we played them and it was very tight.
“As far as I am concerned, we are the away team and Scotland have the home advantage because Celtic Park is a fantastic stadium to play in. The fans give Celtic, and I am sure Scotland, incredible support. We will have to deal with that and not let it affect us mentally. Our younger players might not have had that experience.”
Skipper Wayne Rooney knows more than most the impact the home crowd can make at Celtic Park.
The Manchester United forward has visited the stadium twice but is yet to register a win after a 1-0 loss to the Scottish giants in November 2006 followed by a score draw three years later.
“I have spoken to the younger players because the crowd here can take you by surprise,” said England’s new centenarian. “It will be a big test.
“I am excited to play in it. It will be a good game, Scotland are doing well and getting some good results.”