Scotland v England: Scott Brown says side will bounce back

Andrew Robertson scores for Scotland
Andrew Robertson reduced Scotland's deficit but Wayne Rooney soon made it 3-1 to England

Scott Brown insists Scotland's defeat by England will not harm their Euro 2016 qualification prospects.

The Scots lost 3-1 in Tuesday's friendly at Celtic Park but Brown does not expect that to affect the side when they meet Gibraltar in March.

"The lads will be hurting from this but the main thing is the qualifiers, we have games to look forward to and we'll bounce back," he told BBC Scotland.

"We let ourselves down tonight, we weren't positive enough."

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Interview - Scotland captain Scott Brown

Gordon Strachan's side beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 on Friday to boost their hopes of reaching France 2016, leaving them third in Group D on seven points.

They were second best at Celtic Park against Roy Hodgson's side, however, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nodding the opener before Wayne Rooney doubled their lead.

Left-back Andrew Robertson reduced the deficit with a fine goal but Rooney doubled his tally for the night to put the game out of sight.

"It was disappointing, we know we're better than that," said Brown, who rejected suggestions the Scots were tired after their exertions against the Irish.

"The main thing is we managed to get the three points against Ireland.

"It's a good thing that we expect so much of ourselves, we're just disappointed that we didn't play to our game-plan, we didn't get the ball down. England came and attacked us high up the park and we didn't really know what to do.

Darren Fletcher challenges Wayne Rooney
Darren Fletcher enjoyed a battle with his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney after coming on

"It was a great goal we scored, great build-up play, but two minutes later they go down the park and we lose it, so it's always hard to take, especially the goal after half time when you think you can get back into the game."

Darren Fletcher, who replaced Brown and took the captain's armband at half time, echoed the Celtic midfielder's sentiments.

"We are disappointed, we didn't do ourselves justice," he said. "We could have been more patient and passed it better and I think the occasion got the better of us.

"It was a derby match and we wanted to do everyone proud. We lost goals at bad times. Maybe it shows the character from England.

"We have to learn that we have a way of playing, patient football and being resilient and tough to beat. We have to get back to that but the three points against Ireland were the most important thing."

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