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McCall: Scotland have improved since England loss

Scotland assistant Stuart McCall believes Gordon Strachan's has improved since their 3-1 loss to England last November and will provide the Three Lions with stiffer opposition when the two nations meet in World Cup qualifying.

Scotland and England were both drawn in Group F for UEFA's World Cup Qualifying preliminary round.

The old rivals face-off at Wembley on November 11, 2016 and again at Hampden Park on June 10, 2017.

Speaking after the announcement of the draw, former Motherwell, Bradford City and Rangers boss McCall told the Daily Mail he expected his troops to give England a stern test, despite a disappointing performance during their last encounter at Celtic Park.

"I know in the great scheme of things it was only a friendly but we underperformed. England will expect to beat us if we perform like that again," McCall told the Daily Mail.

"But we have improved and we are improving. We would hope that the next time we play England we play more like we did at Wembley (3-2 loss) than we did at Celtic Park.

"We're not making an excuse because England on their day were better than us. And if you look at their team, in certain areas, they have players who are playing in the Champions League.

"But after the Wembley game I think they thought: 'Wow, Scotland showed up', because we played well. We did ourselves proud to a certain degree."

Gerard Laws
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