Scottish Gossip: Scotland, England, Wembley, Willie Miller, Andy Murray

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Former Scotland captain Graeme Souness insists England will be as fired up for Friday's match at Wembley as Gordon Strachan's team because "they want to beat us every bit as much as we want to beat them". (Daily Record)external-link

England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate reveals that the England squad have been shown a montage of past meetings with Scotland because it is "important they know the history of the shirt". (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Southgate rejects the idea that international football is "dead". "Viewing figures will be five times that of a Premier League game. It will capture the imagination. What more could you want?" he asks. (Daily Mail)external-link

Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has called on Fifa to show "common sense" over players wearing poppies in Friday's World Cup qualifier with England. (Daily Express)external-link

Former Scotland boss Alex McLeish believes victory at Wembley would be Scotland's biggest ever against England. (Daily Record)external-link

Willie Miller moves to close down England's Trevor Francis in the 1-0 win for Scotland at Wembley in May 1981
Willie Miller moves to close down England's Trevor Francis in the 1-0 win for Scotland at Wembley in May 1981

After partnering McLeish in the heart of the Scotland defence in a 1-0 win at Wembley in 1981, Willie Miller recalls how he travelled on the Tube with the Tartan Army into central London before heading to Stringfellows nightclub with his wife for a night out. (Daily Record)external-link

Andy Murray has had invites from both the Scotland and England camps to attend the match at Wembley but is expected to politely decline the offers. (Daily Mail)external-link

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee hopes the players take inspiration from Murray's rise to the top of the world tennis rankings. He said: "The players are all huge Andy Murray fans and have total respect for what he has done for himself and the country. To emulate that in some way would be just fantastic." (Sun)external-link

England boss Southgate praises the leadership qualities of Scotland midfielder Scott Brown and reveals that he tried to sign him for Middlesbrough from Hibs in 2007. (Sun)external-link

Scotland right-back Callum Paterson
Callum Paterson has kept his place in the Scotland squad ahead of Alan Hutton, who has since retired from international football

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee believes his players have no need to be feel inferior against England because the returning Scott Brown is not even guaranteed a game. (Scotsman)external-link

Hearts defender Callum Paterson maintains he is not that bothered what former Scotland striker Kris Boyd thinks of his ability to play international football. Paterson said: "I don't really care what anybody else says about me. As long as I play well and feel good myself. If anything it will motivate me." (Sun)external-link

Football pundit Archie Macpherson believes the game against the Auld Enemy has lost its allure, suggesting it has become the "equivalent of antiques show Flog It".(Herald)external-link

Wolves manager Paul Lambert targets promotion to the Premier League, with his new club currently languishing in 19th place in the Championship. (Daily Express)external-link

Hearts will offer 20-year-old defender John Souttar a new deal to try to keep him at Tynecastle, with Aston Villa one of several clubs keeping tabs on him. Souttar signed a contract until 2019 when he moved to Hearts from Dundee United in February. (Sun)external-link


If Scotland are to emulate Ireland's win over the All Blacks last weekend they will need to rely on "controlled fury" to defeat Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday, say centre Peter Horne and Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Taylor urges the squad not to look back on the ill-fated 2015 World Cup quarter-final against Australia at Twickenham with a sense of injustice - but to learn from it. "On that day we weren't good enough and that's what the history books say," said Taylor. "It's gone and we're looking forward to putting out best foot forward on Saturday."(Courier)external-link