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Marshall: Scotland low on results, but not on confidence

David Marshall hopes Scotland are going to play like it is 1999 when they travel to London for a World Cup qualifier against England on Saturday morning (Singapore time).

In the last competitive fixture between the teams, in the Euro 2000 qualifying play-offs, Don Hutchison's goal gave Scotland an unlikely 1-0 win at Wembley.

However, they went out on aggregate after losing the first game 2-0 at Hampden Park.

The Scots are underdogs again, as they were on Nov 17, 1999, but Hull goalkeeper Marshall is hoping history can repeat itself as Gordon Strachan's side look to get their qualification campaign back on track after taking just four points from their first three games.

He said: "The first leg was at Hampden and I think everybody wrote that off as being done after that.

"Obviously England had a two-goal lead and probably expected to go through and took the foot off the gas a bit.

"We went 1-0 up then it was a shaky last 10-15 minutes as I can remember so hopefully we can get a similar result this time.

INSPIRATION

"It's a different set of players, different time and a different game but we can look at any little bit of inspiration and take advantage of it."

A 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania at Hampden Park and a 3-0 defeat in Slovakia last month left Scotland in fourth place in Group F with pressure on to find a positive result at Wembley.

Marshall, however, insists the squad, which was bolstered on Tuesday by the inclusion of Charlie Mulgrew, remain upbeat with morale still high.

The former Celtic and Cardiff custodian said: "Obviously in terms of results, especially the last one away to Slovakia, it was a poor result and a poor performance

"But we need to have confidence and look to go and get a positive result against England.

"The boys are doing well at club level and it's the best squad that the Scottish team have so that's where the confidence comes from."

- PA Sport.

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