'Being underdog helps Scots at Wembley'

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England v Scotland
Date: Friday, 11 November Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland have to win at Wembley to have a chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup but believes they can beat England.

The fourth round of qualifiers in Group F takes place on 11 November, with England leading on seven points and Scotland fourth on four points.

“I think they have to win it, but that’s not a problem,” said Ferguson.

“Scotland always do well against England, it’s always a great incentive when we are the underdogs.”

The former Manchester United manager, who coached Scotland at the 1986 World Cup, cites the Scots’ win over then world champions England at Wembley in 1967 as an example.

“I was in the original squad that year when Denis [Law] had an injury,” explained the 74-year-old. “My dad had never been to Wembley so when I was in the squad I booked tickets, but Denis was fit for the game which Scotland won 3-2.

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“And, whatever they allocate [in terms of tickets for Scotland fans], there’s always treble that there.”

Scotland have not reached a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France and the current qualifying campaign got off to a positive start with a 5-1 win in Malta.

However, a home draw with Lithuania and defeat by Slovakia followed for Gordon Strachan’s side.

Ferguson would not be drawn on the criticism Strachan received after the most recent double-header but said of the playing squad: “There’s always been talent in Scotland, we have a rich history of producing players and I don’t think that changes. We’ve got some excellent players.

“If you look at the difficult sections and the gradings that Scotland get, England and Spain and the like get easier groups because of their ranking.

“Scotland because of their ranking are always in difficult groups.”

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