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Scott Brown wooed by SNP for independence push as English 'p***** him off'

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England host Scotland at Wembley Stadium tonight in one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes of the Euro 2020 group stage. The Tartan Army has poured into London ahead of the fixture, with an estimated 20,000 fans running riot, despite warnings they should not travel unless they had organised somewhere to watch the game. Tickets to the match are limited to 3,000 for Scotland due to COVID-19 restrictions and no fan zone has been set up – but Brown will be inside the ground – as a pundit for ITV.

And, incredibly, Alex Salmond, the former leader of the SNP, claimed in his autobiography ‘The Dream Shall Never Die’ that he attempted to get both Brown and his manager at the time, Neil Lennon, to back Scottish independence in 2014.

Mr Salmond – who did secure support for a Yes vote from former players like Michael Stewart and Gavin Rae – said he tried to get Brown to publicly back him.

In a diary entry for Thursday, August 28, 2014, Mr Salmond wrote: “Try to get celebrity endorsements from two key figures in the world of sport and music.

“Phone Scotland and Celtic captain Scott Brown, who has developed into a very considerable footballer. Scott normally wears his heart on his sleeve on and off the pitch and is a Yes supporter.

“However, his contract negotiations with Celtic are at a delicate stage and he is under pressure not to make a political declaration.”

The Yes campaign benefited from a number of celebrity endorsements, including an eleventh-hour declaration from tennis star Andy Murray, as well as support from comedians Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges.

But the No campaign also attracted support from sports personalities, including Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, golfer Colin Montgomerie, former rugby internationals Kenny Logan and Gavin Hastings and former footballers Denis Law, Jim Leighton, Ally McCoist and Alex McLeish.

The tense referendum saw the No side win with 55.3 percent of the votes.

Brown’s private backing came a year after he expressed his anger towards England’s mentality towards Scotland.

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Tonight’s match could be huge for Scotland after their impressive 2-0 win against the Czech Republic on Monday.

Scotland have never made it past the group stage before, but the top two – or possibly three – teams will go through to the knockout phase.

After the match at Wembley, Croatia will visit Glasgow on Tuesday for Scotland’s second match on home soil. England will face the Czech Republic that same night.

‘The Dream Shall Never Die’ is published by William Collins and available to buy here.



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