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'we' slip-up has tel turning into tartan convert.

Byline: Alasdair Fraser

TERRY BUTCHER yesterday owned up to his very own Alan Hansen moment - after calling Scotland "we" on live TV.

As an STV pundit on Wednesday night, the former England captain at first hammed up his own Three Lions patriotism.

But having traded light-hearted insults with ex-Scotland star Paul Lambert, Butcher slipped up late in the show as Hansen once famously did with England.

The moment highlighted Butcher's affinity with Scotland, where he played for five years and has now managed for nine.

The 54-year-old said: "I was caught out. I did say 'we' about Scotland but it was a Freudian slip. In fairness, I was part of the Scotland management team under George Burley so it was an easy thing to say.

"It was actually really weird as I was thinking 'who do I want to win?' "As a manager in this country you hear the game up here being disparaged unfairly at times so you want the national team to do well.

"I've also worked with a lot of those players and under George we gave James Morrison his debut.

There's lots of players who were in George's squad and who have since matured and done very well.

"I haven't had any stick from the Inverness lads. They're probably too scared. I'd imagine Maurice Malpas might enjoy it, though."

Butcher was surrounded by Scots fans on his trip to London and said: "I flew down with the Tartan Army and back up with the Tartan Army.

"They were slightly different on the way back up but they were very good with me and seemed to appreciate my comment about England getting out of jail.

"That really was the case. They know I'm pretty fair and call it as I see it. I did think England were lucky to win.

"I'm not sure if Scotland deserved to win but they certainly gave it a right good go.

"Gordon Strachan gives them a confidence to go and play. They have good passers of the ball.

"The only thing needed is that extra threat in the final third."

Meanwhile, Butcher revealed his credentials as an English patriot have been further undermined by the fact he is now promoting a German style of football.

He said: "I was talking to Paul Lambert at Wembley about the German way of playing, given his Dortmund background. A lot of the German style is about winning the ball back quickly, which is what Maurice and I tell our lads to do anyway. said: "I years.

"The Germans say you have five seconds to win it back. They pass the ball well but also play with a lot of energy.

"I got a few training tips off Paul from what he is doing and what German coaches are saying."


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Aug 16, 2013
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