England’s Mark Sampson shocked over terror plot before Scotland game

• Head coach remaining level-headed despite security concerns
• Scotland are the opening Group D opponents in Euro 2017

Mark Sampson has admitted he and his England squad were “shocked” when they learned their Euro 2017 match against Scotland here on Wednesday could be targeted by terrorists.

Intelligence agencies have intercepted encrypted chatter from Islamic extremists calling for lone wolves to target the Women’s European Football Championship, which began on Sunday in the Netherlands, but local security services have since played down a specific threat in regards to England’s match with Scotland.

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