Scotland boss Gordon Strachan proud in defeat


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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan was quick to praise his players for their display despite suffering a 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley.

Strachan’s men went into the game needing a result to ease the pressure as they try to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

They fell 1-0 behind when Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring but the Scots then had a number of chances to draw level.

They carved England’s defence open on plenty of occasions but further efforts from Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill killed the game off.

Friday night’s defeat now leaves Strachan under sever pressure, with Scotland second bottom of Group F, four points away from second place.

The 59-year-old has been linked with the exit door in recent weeks but post-match he refused to discuss his future and instead focused on his team’s battling display.

“If you think I’m sat here worrying about myself, how I feel, you’re completely wrong,” he told reporters.

“I’m thinking about all the fans that came down here, all those players in the dressing room. “At this moment in time I feel really proud of the way they played, went about their job.

At the same time I feel really hurt that they went through that in the last 15 minutes after what they put in.

“I’ve seen Scotland teams come here and not get a shot on goal, and some of them are pundits now. It was nothing like that [tonight].

That was a braver, more organised performance. “We’ve got to have a wee look at it now, then go away and have a debrief.

At this time it’s hard to take in anything. I do feel for that group in there because that wasn’t fair.”

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