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Beating England would be a bonus, says Craig Brown

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Former Scotland manager Craig Brown insists it is more important for current boss Gordon Strachan to qualify for a major tournament than beat England at Wembley on Wednesday night. 

The old arch rivals are set to go head to head at the home of football for the first time in 13-years as a warm-up game for the crucial World Cup qualifiers in September.

England and Scotland have not faced each other since a two-legged play-off for a place at the European Championships in 2000, and Brown was the last man to lead the nation to a summer finals when he led the Scots to the 1998 World Cup in France.

"Gordon is already a legend in Scottish football and a win would help that," he told Press Association Sport. "But he doesn't need to beat England to cement his legacy.

"I think it's more important that we qualify for the European Championships next time than it is to win at Wembley. But a win against the 'Auld Enemy' would be a bonus."

The former Celtic manager was brought in by the Scottish FA to pick up the pieces following a disappointing start to World Cup qualifying.

However, the Scots have already accepted they will not be going to Brazil next summer. 

The recent 1-0 win over Croatia in Zagreb may have raised hopes that the side have turned a corner under the leadership of Strachan.

Around 20,000 supporters of the Tartan Army are expected to travel to the English capital with the expectation the term "friendly" not being heard around the stadium. 

"We don't talk about playing England, we talk about playing them - so it's important to us. Certainly more to us than to the English. And it will mean more to our supporters," added Brown.

"They might have more numbers supporting England but they won't match us in volume." 

Meanwhile, England head coach, Roy Hodgson is set to take on Scotland twice in as many days as he takes charge of the U21 side, on a one-off occasion, at Bramall Lane before he leads the senior side out at Wembley.  

 

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