Tuesday 25 October 2016, 18:33

Ferguson: Scotland can beat England at Wembley

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Scotland have to beat England at Wembley next month to keep their hopes of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ alive, but is confident Gordon Strachan’s side will do just that.

England head Group F on seven points from three outings, with Lithuania and Slovenia on five and Scotland a further point back.

"I think they have to win it, but that's not a problem,” said the 74-year-old. “It's a hard section with England in it – Scotland have to win it, but they can win it.

"Scotland always do well against England. It's always a great incentive, the underdog. And the support will be fantastic.

“You go back to the European Championship qualifier when they were very unlucky. Christian Dailly had a header saved by David Seaman right at the end. But Scotland will do well.

“There's always been talent in Scotland, we have a rich history of producing players and I don't think that changes. We've got some excellent players.”

Scotland appeared in six of seven World Cups between 1974 and 1998, but have failed to qualify since.

Strachan was part of a squad coached by Ferguson at Mexico 1986. After firing the Scots ahead against West Germany, the 5ft 6ins midfielder went to jump over the advertising hoardings – only to realise it was too high and instead rested his leg on it!