Sunderland’s Scottish international goalie Craig Gordon is dreaming of Brazil clash

Craig Gordon is looking forward to playing Brazil.
Craig Gordon is looking forward to playing Brazil.

CRAIG Gordon hopes Scotland’s encounter with Brazil lives up to the World Cup drama of his youth.

The Sunderland goalkeeper is currently in Spain at the La Manga training camp with the rest of the Scotland squad preparing for Sunday’s clash with Brazil at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.

While Sunderland team-mate Phil Bardsley has been ruled out of the encounter with a knee injury, Gordon hopes to be involved, although a bout of tendonitis is likely to see him confined to the bench.

Gordon was a youngster at Hearts when Scotland last faced Brazil – in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup when Tom Boyd’s own goal denied the Scots a shock draw.

The 28-year-old hopes the weekend’s clash is similarly absorbing with Scotland winning their last two games under boss Craig Levein.

Gordon told SportMail: “I was 15 for that World Cup game and I remember watching it. It was an incredible spectacle being in the opening World Cup game against Brazil.

“There was a great atmosphere in the country with all the flags flying.”

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