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Summary

  1. England v Scotland (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
  2. 'The atmosphere, occasion and fans could spook a few' - Strachan
  3. 'A point would be a decent result for us' - Fletcher
  4. Rangers and Joey Barton part company
  5. Barton thanks fans for 'incredible support'

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By Keir Murray and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from us for Thursday.

Please join us again tomorrow for build-up to England v Scotland and the match itself.

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'A point would be a decent result' - Fletcher

"Since we met up on Sunday, the focus has been tremendous," says Scotland captain Darren Fletcher.

"They [the players] are oblivious to anything else going on.

"It will be a bit of a derby game. It's a big game for England as well. Wembley is not the easiest place to play when there is expectancy on you.

"The passion isn't all coming from Scotland's side. This is a qualifying game and both teams will have fire in their bellies, desperate to win."

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher
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"It doesn't get much bigger than this - there will be a little more fire in the belly, it being England v Scotland. 

"But even with a couple of disappointing results, we are by no means out of it. We can't be get drawn into these "must win" games. 

"A point would be a decent result for us.

"Every time you lead your country out it important but there is no bigger stage than Wembley in front of 90,000 fans". 

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Darren Fletcher

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"I have got a lot of good characters about the place - don't worry about that. 

"As a manager you often think, who is going to let me down but not with this team. This is a great group of lads to work with. I never go to bed thinking someone is going to let me down and someone isnt going to give me 100%. 

"The atmosphere, occasion and fans could spook a few and focus a few people but the players are oblivious about anything but the game of football. 

"My players are intelligent enough to understand the fixture. The importance of the game is understood."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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"Everybody has an opinion about the team"

"Everybody has an opinion about the team. There's a lot of people who would love to be in this squad, that's for sure. I have to say the group of players I have here is truly magnificent.

"We are all passionate to be in the squad and that's good. The main thing we're thinking about is this group of players."

Strachan's thoughts on facing England

  • Gordon Strachan wants his side to improve on their World Cup qualifying displays to date 
  • The Scotland players have enjoyed training all week, says Strachan 
  • "Everyone will have an opinion when I pick the team"

Strachan aware of fixture's importance

Strachan says his players understand the importance of the fixture against England. "I don't have to show them the importance," he adds. 

The Scotland manager wants his players to guard against becoming too emotional at Wembley.   

Strachan praises squad

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his Scotland squad "has a lot of good characters".

Strachan's thoughts

You can watch the Gordon Strachan media conference at the top of our live page!

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is about to address the media ahead of facing England.

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'We'll be coming down the road...'

The Tartan Army have been mobilised and are rumbling their way to London ahead of tomorrow night's World Cup cracker at Wembley...

Scotland supporters en route to London
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The Tartan Army are on their way to Wembley
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Which way to England's goal?

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Barton move 'should have worked'

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland in London

"Joey Barton arrived at Ibrox with trumpets blaring. He leaves with a whimper; an eight-game, 133-day soap opera that was more Eldorado than EastEnders.

"On the face of it, this should have worked..."  

Read more of Tom's thoughts here   

Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton
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Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton and manager Mark Warburton
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Barton leaves Rangers

Click here to read more about Joey Barton's departure from Rangers.

And watch below for John Barnes' timeline of Barton's short stay at Ibrox.

Barton's short stay at Ibrox

Barton reacts to Rangers exit

Joey Barton exits Ibrox

Rangers and Joey Barton have agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect. Neither Rangers nor Joey Barton will comment further.

Euro 96 classic: England 2-0 Scotland

This is painful viewing for Scotland fans...

Jock Brown and Billy McNeill describe the action as Euro 96 hosts England defeat old rivals Scotland at Wembley. 

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Classic from Euro 96: England 2-0 Scotland

Binos appoint Mackay as manager

Former St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay has been named manager of League Two Stirling Albion.

Martyn Corrigan had been working as caretaker boss following Stuart McLaren's departure in September.

But he will now be replaced by Mackay, 35, who had to end his playing career in September because of a hip injury.

The Binos lost to league leaders Forfar last Saturday, their first defeat under Corrigan, and they now sit eighth in the table.

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Listen to the Scottish football podcast

Sportsound host Kenny Macintyre was joined in the Pacific Quay studio by Richard Wilson, Graham Spiers and Billy Dodds as they looked ahead to Scotland's game at Wembley. There was also a great feature on former Leeds United and Scotland team-mates Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer.

Listen to the best bits of the programme on the Scottish Football podcast.

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Fraser's Scotland-England combined XI

Scotland fanFraser T Thorburn has selected his combined modern-day Scotland-England XI: D Seaman - G Neville, C Hendry, Ferdinand, A Cole - D.Beckham, P McStay, P Scholes, J McFadden - A Shearer, K Miller.

Choose your combined XI.

Scotland-England quiz

Here's something to put you off doing anything too productive at work this afternoon. It's a Scotland-England quiz...

Scotland-England quiz
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The Tartan Army are 'down the London'

Scotland fans arrive at London's Euston Station
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We hope the smiling woman in the photo is indeed a Scotland fan and hasn't been encouraged to join in a Tartan Army sing-song
Scotland fans at Euston
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"We'll be coming, we'll be coming, we'll be comi-i-ing down the road..."
Scotland fan and policeman in London
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Hats off to the London polis for getting in the spirit of the big match

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The interview with former Leeds and Scotland stars Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray (see entry at 12:58 GMT) has sparked quite a bit of comment on Facebook:

John O'Rourke: "2 of the best players to come out of scotland"

Tony Lappin: "Two superb players, in a genuinely, class outfit #mot"

Pronsias Foley: "Eddie Gray, Stevie Heighway, Dave Thomas. great wingers never will see the likes again."

Norman Mcmurray: "Met Peter at the posh match this year, was looking ok and we talked about the state of Scottish football and lack of class players coming through the system, we could do with some players of there class now, very pleasant gent wishing them both well."

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Big Gordon McQueen - Wembley hero

Down memory lane with Lorimer and Gray

Classic Scotland v England #2 - can you name the year?

Here's the second of our name the year features. SFA performance students recreated a famous Scotland goal against England - but in which year did it happen?

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Interim England coach Gareth Southgate says he had "no hesitation" in naming captain Wayne Rooney in his starting XI for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

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