Former Middlesbrough boss Strachan calls for Scotland to build on feelgood factor against England

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Serbia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 25, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the Scottish FA. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Serbia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 25, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the Scottish FA. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has urged his side to build on the feelgood factor against England after they returned to the world’s top 50.

Scotland’s 1-0 victory in Croatia last month came too late to save their World Cup qualifying hopes but the win helped them jump 24 places in the FIFA rankings to 50th place.

Scotland now make their first trip to Wembley of the millennium when they face Roy Hodgson’s side - who fell to 15th spot in the list - on August 14.

Strachan said: “The win over Croatia was a very proud moment for everyone involved and made us all feel better about ourselves over the summer. It’s great news that it has helped us move up the FIFA rankings.

“Croatia are a top side and were ranked fourth in the world at the time so that shows you just what we were up against.

“We played very well but the challenge now is to keep that momentum going and maintain the standards of fitness and performance that we set ourselves in Zagreb.

“Now our focus turns to next month’s match against England: it’s one that gets everyone excited and we’ll be doing everything we can to win the match.”