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Strachan has 'full backing' of Scotland players - Anya

Strachan is under immense pressure after suffering a heavy defeat to England at Wembley. Credit: PA

Ikechi Anya insists Gordon Strachan has the backing of the Scotland players following Friday's 3-0 defeat by England at Wembley.

The result saw the Scots drop to second bottom of Group F with four points from four games, leaving their prospects of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia looking bleak.

He has our full backing. He is an unbelievable manager to work with.

It is a bit unfair, it is the players that are on the pitch and for me the gaffer has been a breath of fresh air for Scotland.

No one is exempt from criticism, the gaffer has been around for a long time, he knows how to deal with it and he knows he has the backing of his players.

It is his decision but personally I would like him to stay and I know a lot of players would.

If you were looking from the outside and seen it was 3-0 you would think it was an easy game. It was far from it. It was not a three-goal game.

We are four points away from second place, we have four home games and we have a good record at Hampden.

– Anya post-match


Strachan: England game will be played in 'terrific spirit'

Scotland are high on confidence after beating Ireland. Credit: PA

Gordon Strachan believes Scotland's friendly against England at Celtic Park tonight will be played in the right spirit - like the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

Much was made about the robust and physical nature of the match against the Irish at Parkhead last Friday night where Shaun Maloney's second-half goal kept Scots' hopes of qualifying for the finals in France very much alive.

Scotland boss Strachan said:

It was a game played in the right manner and everyone gave it their best. It was physical but fair. I think people think it was some sort of bloodbath, it was nothing like that.

It was people going toe to toe and respecting each other. There is a big difference between that and a bloodbath, which we have seen many a time over the years.

I thought it was played in a terrific spirit and I know it is going to be the same (against England).

– Scotland boss Gordon Strachan


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