Anelka expecting tough test from Scotland

September 11, 2007

Nicolas Anelka admits France will have to meet Scotland's physical challenge at the Parc des Princes tomorrow.

The Bolton striker realises Alex McLeish's men will get stronger the longer they resist the French in the Euro 2008 qualifying Group B clash.

Anelka, 28, will lead the French attack in the absence of the suspended Thierry Henry.

And he said: 'Even without Henry in the side, we can be very dangerous.

'We need that against Scotland because a win could be crucial for us.

'The key is going to be matching them up physically. They won't come and have a go at us but they still have to be respected.

'We also have to score early as one thing we know about Scotland is they can defend well.

'If we haven't scored by the half-hour mark it will frustrate us and then it becomes dangerous.'