Strachan pressures Scots to perform

13 August 2013 04:01

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan insists the pressure is on to perform against England in Wednesday night's friendly at Wembley.

Both sides are currently involved in the business of a World Cup qualifying campaign but Strachan will not accept anything less than full commitment from his troops when they face the 'Auld Enemy' as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary year.

"There is pressure there, trust me," he told a press conference televised by Sky Sports News. "Because if there wasn't pressure it would be one of these normal run of the mill friendlies that you play.

"It's a fixture we all want to see more often. Players, fans, media, even people who are not really football fans are interested in that Scotland-England game.

"I know we play them in other sports but this is a sport where everybody can really attach themselves and enjoy it."

He added: "It is a friendly, it's a celebration of football but as a game it's got to be competitive, that's for sure. You can tell the difference.

"When I was as a player or a manager friendly games didn't really turn me on. I think players could sniff that from me but it's a bit different this one."

Source: PA

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