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Fergie wants Scotland-England games

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Sir Alex Ferguson has called for the return of the Scotland versus England international.

The teams last contested the traditional annual fixture in 1989, although they have met at Euro 96 and in a Euro 2000 qualification play-off since. Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith is set to hold further talks with the English FA next year.

"I'd welcome the return of the game," said Ferguson. "It would be great to bring it back. There's something special about this fixture and I'm sure it would bring the best out in the players."

He added: "There are promising young lads in the Scotland team who would benefit from playing in this game and there would be such a determination to win.

"It couldn't be looked upon as a 'friendly'. It would be great for the players to sample the atmosphere and occasion.

"I know I'm not alone in thinking this way. Many would love to see it on the calendar again.

"For example, Sir Bobby Charlton often talks to me about it and he'd love to see the Scotland v England game brought back.

"There would be a packed stadium, whether it's Wembley or Hampden.

"Perhaps the match would also give the country a lift and be an occasion everyone looks forward to."

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