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Gordon Strachan dismisses speculation and insists Scotland can beat England | Ewan Murray

The Scotland manager remains upbeat despite patchy evidence of progress and says England will feel the pressure but defeat could lead to his exit

On the basis that if even Gordon Strachan had abandoned hope of Scotland defeating England then the fixture would be pointless, perhaps the manager’s faith is understandable. History, recent and distant, is hardly in Strachan’s favour: Scotland have beaten England six times in 50 years and taken seven points from five matches in the latest quest to end a miserable absence from major championships.

“I don’t think this is a free hit, I really don’t think it’s like that,” said Strachan. “I genuinely believe we can win the game, I really do. I’d be really disappointed if we didn’t get anything from the game.”

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