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We put Beckham and co in their place and can do it again: Brown

By Gavin McCafferty

Former manager Craig Brown has urged Scotland to be confident of taking advantage of an English "wobble" at Wembley.

Brown led Scotland to a 1-0 victory over the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Alan Shearer on their last competitive game at the old Wembley Stadium back in 1999.

England were two up before what was the second leg of a Euro 2000 play-off kicked off, and Kevin Keegan's men ultimately qualified for the tournament, but the hosts are in a state of flux this time with Gareth Southgate in temporary charge following Sam Allardyce's brief period at the helm.

Although England sit three points above Scotland at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, the goalless draw with Slovenia has given Brown enough hope that they are there for the taking on Friday night.

Asked what Scotland need to do to emulate his team's Wembley win, the 76-year-old said: "They have got to be brave and confident and not go down there with any feeling of inferiority, because England are on a wobble at the moment.

"They struggled in the last game they played and even the game they had with Big Sam, they weren't convincing at all.

"So England are in a transitional period and they are not stable. I think it gives Scotland a great opportunity because we always rise to the occasion when we go to Wembley and I'm sure we will do that this time."

Don Hutchison's goal in 1999 was ultimately not enough to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit, although England were pushed all the way.

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