Strachan keeps his fingers crossed

03 September 2017 13:06:20 UK

Gordon Strachan is confident that England will do his Scotland side a favour by beating Slovakia at Wembley on Monday.

Scotland's 3-0 win in Lithuania on Friday kept Strachan's side in the hunt to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia and they should beat Malta on Monday at Hampden Park.

Slovakia are second in the group after winning five qualifiers in a row and they are 10/1 to triumph at Wembley and 17/2 to hold on for a 0-0 draw against Gareth Southgate's team.

If Slovakia beat England they will move to the top of the group and make Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the finals much harder.

Strachan said: "England need to do themselves a favour because if they don't do well and get beat Slovakia go top.

"And aye, I'd like it to happen - I just can't do anything about it. When you're England you have no option but to win games though.

"Slovakia have been fantastic and have some good players but we're hoping we'll be in a position that our good players will be all right against theirs when we get together again.

"England have got to be on their toes because if they lose that'll put them a point behind."

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