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Scotland's Strachan Hails 'Fantastic' England

  • Eurosport, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:56 PM

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan hailed England’s performance in Glasgow on Tuesday after his team was comprehensively beaten, 3-1, by Roy Hodgson’s men at Celtic Park.

"I have to say that was probably the best performance against us tonight for a very long time," Strachan said. "The intensity that England played at, the way they played and the pace without the ball especially was fantastic - and it kind of spooked my players.” He added: "They are a team full of Champions League players and they showed that tonight. I thought they were fantastic."

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring while Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney bagged a second half brace to mark a sixth consecutive win for England since the Three Lions’ disappointing first round exit at the World Cup. With his goals, Rooney also moved to within three goals of Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for England.

"I think milestones and records are important and it must be nice for him to think that if he carries on this way he will soon see his name at the top of the list," Hodgson said following Rooney’s man-of-the-match performance. "He also has a record number of caps in his sights but if he wants to catch that he will have to keep his fitness and form and keep playing for a few more years."

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