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England v Scotland rivalry now a positive thing - Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan suggests the rivalry with England is not as fierce as it used to be.

As the Tartan Army prepares for the August friendly with the Three Lions, Strachan feels the halcyon days of the conflict are long gone.

Strachan even touched on the fact that both Scots and Englishmen serve Great Britain side by side in the army as part of the reason why the football rivalry has fallen by the wayside.

"I think the rivalry between the countries is pantomime now - I would certainly hope so," he said.

"I think we get on well when it comes to other things.

"There's young lads from all around Britain sharing facilities at Camp Bastion (the British military base in Afghanistan). They get on as a group.

"Of course you want to win but there's a bit of camaraderie between the two sets of players because they know each other.

"And a lot of the Scottish fans are in England so we hope we can all enjoy ourselves.

"That's the hope, because there are other places in the world where it goes over the top and gets a bit serious, and things get a bit nasty in a football ground.

"But as far as this game's concerned, I don't think there's been any nastiness for years at it."

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Andrew Slevison
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