England rivalry still fierce, says Scotland boss

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England host noisy neighbours Scotland in a friendly this evening, and Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is convinced it will be just as competitive as a qualifier or a tournament match.

Strachan told BBC Sport: "This fixture is "different" from any other, with players desperate to get one over on club-mates and fans eager for bragging rights.

"There is pressure there. If there wasn't, it would be one of those run-of-the-mill friendlies.

"They never turned me on as a player. This is different."

The Scotland boss doesn't believe much needs to be said to the Scots in the dressing room to motivate them before the game - as he thinks they will be self-motivated by the occasion.

"I think some guys like a motivational speech, some are self-motivated," he added. "You might have to speak to individuals or the group. These boys are self-motivated - I don't think I'll have to do too much.

"It is a fixture we all want to see more often - players, fans, media, even people who are not football fans.

"This is the sport everyone really can attach themselves to and enjoy it.

"It is a friendly and a celebration of football, but the game is going to be competitive."

Strachan would hope for a win in a fixture that hasn't been played in 14 years, but regardless of the result it will be a fantastic occasion for both nations.


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