Strachan: Scotland need brains and bravery over brawn against England

Laura Christensen
June 10, 2017

The stakes are high ahead of the latest encounter as the Scots desperately need three points to bolster their prospects of reaching a first major finals since the World Cup in France 19 years ago. "It's something I grew up thinking about, playing these types of games, and I'm sure everyone in the squad has as well". It is like a derby game.

"Roy is a more astute tactician and he would handle a Scotland-England game at Hampden pretty well".

And now he will be keen to add to his five-goal England haul as the Three Lions head to Hampden Park hoping to remain at least four points clear of second-placed Slovakia in Group F. Although it began with a 5-1 win away to minnows Malta the warning bells began ringing with a dire 1-1 home draw to Lithuania. "We've been through that together".

And the former Celtic and Bolton Wanderers marksman insists that, in James Morrison, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Fraser, the Scots have the players to capitalise and give the Tartan Army a night to remember. Just because we play for the team, it doesn't mean that's changed.

MARCUS RASHFORD, Manchester United and England forward, believes his attributes are best suited to being played down the middle, but says he can also contribute if stationed out on the left for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

"For me personally, I don't think so", said the Spurs striker, the Premier League's top scorer in each of the last two seasons. "The scoreline wasn't a true reflection of the game".

"That's been really tough and something that will take a long time to get over it". We just have to go out and impose ourselves a bit more.

England's supporters will be under scrutiny after two fans were given life bans for making Nazi gestures during March's friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Southgate urged them to behave.

Law scored the opening goal for Scotland in their memorable 1967 triumph over England at Wembley, beating the then world champions 3-2 with a team which included four members of the starting XI who would go on to help Celtic become the first British side to lift the European Cup.

"I've managed to play in a lot of big games here against a lot of good teams and done fairly well - so why can't we do it again?"

And McGhee hopes the Mount Florida venue can inspire his side as they look to end a run of three consecutive defeats against the Auld Enemy. "It's going to be well used tomorrow, we've got to use what we're good at", he said.

"If you remember what happened between us at Tottenham, you'll know that there is plenty of history there". The 29-year-old, who made his way in the game at Southampton when Gordon Strachan was manager, will always be grateful to current Parkhead manager Brendan Rodgers for handing him his big break when he paid £25m in the summer of 2014 to take him from St Mary's.

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