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Gordon glad to be back with Scotland despite loss

Craig Gordon's first touch on his Scotland return was to pick Wayne Rooney's header out of the net in a 3-1 defeat by England but he was still delighted to end four years in the international wilderness.

The 31-year-old was out the game for two years with a knee injury and it looked like the 40th cap he won against the Faroe Islands in 2010 would be his last before Celtic took a chance on him in the summer.

His form as replacement for Fraser Forster, who moved to Southampton and who was in goal for the visitors at Parkhead on Tuesday night, earned him a well-deserved recall by Gordon Strachan.

However, less than two minutes after coming on as an interval replacement for David Marshall, and with the visitors leading through an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal, Gordon was beaten by a Rooney header.

Andy Robertson pulled a goal back late in the game but the England skipper struck again to seal a comfortable win.

Yet Gordon was still able to take some satisfaction from the game.

"It has been a while," he said. "I think I have had to work a bit harder for this cap than I probably did for any of the first 40. So from my point of view it was nice to be back.

"I was hoping for a start but to get on was a huge lift for me personally after being out for so long.

"I have to take the positives out of that, it is another cap. I wasn't really nervous but it is difficult for a keeper to come on at half-time, it is a challenge but something you have to deal with when you are playing international football and I think I did okay. I was disappointed with the way it turned out. I would like to have had a few saves to make but that's football and at least I got back out there and hopefully there is more to come.

"I don't think I touched the ball (before Rooney scored). It is just part of the game. They scored a soft goal from that point of view and we didn't manage to come back from that."

"We looked a bit tired and off the pace," said Gordon. "It is understandable because we put a lot into that Irish game and that was more important. We know we did not perform as well as we can do, far from it, so we are all disappointed with that."


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