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Strachan gives glowing appraisal of luckless Scotland side

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan was proud of his players following their 3-2 friendly defeat at the hands of England on Wednesday night.

Strachan's side scored the opening goal in the 11th minute through James Morrison before Theo Walcott responded for England just before the half-hour mark when Grant Hanley was off for treatment.

Veteran Kenny Miller then edged the Scots ahead early in the second half before Danny Welbeck again equalised for the Three Lions before debutant Rickie Lambert put the nail in the coffin with 20 minutes remaining.

Strachan believes Scotland were extremely unlucky to lose the match and felt his side performed at a fairly high level at stages even though he admits to some lapses, especially in defence.

"If you look at it, when we had 11 men and in free [open] play, England couldn't score," he told ITV.

"They scored when we were down to 10 men and they scored from set plays, which was hugely disappointing.

"There was a lot of things that we weren't happy about, but there are some top, top, top players in that England side.

"Our players have given it their best shot. We have good players - to get great victories, which we could have done tonight, we have to make no mistakes whatsoever."

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