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Liverpool great Souness wants Scotland to show self-belief in England

Graeme Souness believes the Scotland national team needs to show a lot more belief in themselves.

The former Liverpool and Scottish star is hoping Gordon Strachan's squad can come out firing when they take on old enemy England in an international friendly at Wembley on August 14 and has urged them to play with more confidence and swagger.

"England will be under pressure because they will all believe they can just turn up and win," Souness told the Daily Record.

"They are a good team but you wouldn't describe this English side as great. They're huffing and puffing a bit with the results.

"The press down there will be saying this should be an easy game but I think we can go to Wembley and get a result.

"In the last game against Croatia we showed that we can defend and we won 1-0.

"You just hope for more of the same and then somebody comes up with a little bit of magic."

And Souness labelled West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison and Wigan Athletic winger Shaun Maloney as two players capable of creating something special for the Scots.

"I like Morrison and Maloney. In a game like that I'm thinking of what Maloney can do at free-kicks - like that one against Arsenal for Wigan at the end of last season. He's capable," he added.

"I'd like to see a little bit more belief. The players have to go to Wembley without any fear.

"They're going to play these big names but that should only increase the challenge.

"If you have anything about you then you want to play against these guys and show that you're every bit as good."

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