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Saturday 10 December 2016

Marshall hopes 'spirit of 99' stirs up Scots at Wembley

Hull City’s David Marshall. Pic: Getty Images
Hull City’s David Marshall. Pic: Getty Images

David Marshall hopes Scotland are going to play like it is 1999 when they travel to London for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against England.

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

The Scots are underdogs again as they were on November 17, 1999 but Hull keeper 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.

"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, believes the return of Hull team-mate Robert Snodgrass, back after an ankle injury that originally looked to have ruled him out, is a huge boost for the squad.

He said: "To have someone of that quality and who's playing well at the moment would be great for us."

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