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Tuesday, October 26, 1999 Published at 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK

UK: Scotland

Brown toasts CBE

Craig Brown: Honoured ahead of the Battle of Britain

Scotland manager Craig Brown collected his CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace - and admitted being more nervous than he will be at Wembley.

Next month's Battle of Britain was on everyone's mind.

"It's very hard luck for both of us," the Queen told Brown. "Both teams can't go to the finals."

The 59-year-old coach said the investiture got the butterflies fluttering. "I was more nervous today than I will be at Wembley. I'm not used to this."

[ image: Brown: Nerves]
Brown: Nerves
Scotland and England meet on 13 November at Hampden Park and on 17 November at Wembley to decide which of them goes into next summer's Euro 2000 championships.

"I think it's widely accepted that England have the advantage being at home for the second leg," said Brown.

"They will know what they have to do and if it goes to penalties, they will be taking them in front of home supporters."

Brown, who chose morning dress rather than a kilt for the investiture, said he was "flabbergasted" to receive the CBE.

"It's very reassuring," he said. "The taxi driver this morning called me Sir Alex - but I told him Alex Ferguson is the one with the blotchy face."

The former Rangers, Dundee and Falkirk player added: "I know Alex well - we played together for a Scotland international youth team."

Ex-Tottenham and Stoke City striker Garth Crooks also collected an OBE for services to the Institute of Professional Sport.

Crooks, 41, said: "I have two FA Cup winners' medals and a UEFA Cup medal. I've never been one for trinkets - the medals are in a museum at the Professional Footballers' Association. But this one - the OBE - is special. I'll keep this one."

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