Morrison upbeat after defeat

  • Last Updated: August 15 2013, 8:58 BST

James Morrison believes there were enough positives from Scotland's 3-2 friendly defeat against England at Wembley to inspire confidence ahead of the visit of Belgium next month.

James Morrison celebrates his goal against England.
James Morrison celebrates his goal against England.

The Scots went into the challenge match on the back of a fine 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Croatia in June, albeit with no chance of making the finals in Brazil next summer.

In a confident start to the game by Gordon Strachan's side - in front of just over 80,000 fans, a quarter of whom were cheering on the visitors - the West Brom midfielder gave Scotland the lead in the 10th minute with a drive from outside the box.

England, however, fought back and Theo Walcott levelled before the break.

Veteran striker Kenny Miller restored the Scots' back lead just after the break with a wonderful turn and drive at the edge of the penalty area but goals from Danny Welbeck and debutant Rickie Lambert gave the Three Lions victory.

However, Morrison feels Scotland should be confident ahead of the World Cup qualifier against the star-studded Red Devils at Hampden.

"I thought we played well for the first 70 minutes," he said. "They didn't really have any clear-cut chances.

"But we will keep moving forward.

"It was a good performance against Croatia the last time and another decent one last night.

"If we cut out the silly mistakes and play the way we can do then we have a good chance against Belgium.

"I know they have a great team, they have an amazing squad but at Hampden you never know."

Morrison admitted his goal was the highlight of his career but wished it had been part of a Scottish victory.

"I'm lost for words," he said. "It will take a few weeks for it to sink in.

"I got it out of my feet and I thought 'I'm going to hit this' and obviously it went into the back of the net and it was a great feeling.

"Joe Hart is a great keeper and he does save a lot of long shots but it was a solid strike and it moved a bit. I was delighted.

"But I would have liked a win more than a goal."


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