The Auld Enemy meet at Wembley Stadium on Friday night as England face Scotland at Euro 2020. This will be the first meeting between the nations since a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park in 2017, and the first at Wembley since a 3-0 victory for the Three Lions in 2016.
This is only the second time these nations have met at a major tournament. The first time was also at Wembley at Euro 96 when goals from Alan Shearer and a wonder strike by Paul Gascoigne gave England a 2-0 win.
England got off to a winning
England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a winning start with a brilliant 1-0 win over Croatia. In a game between the two sides expected to qualify from Group D, a single goal from Raheem Sterling around the hour mark was enough to give The Three Lions a first ever opening match win at the Euros.
Gareth Southgate knows victory for his men against the Scots will confirm their progress to the knockout stages whilst likely eliminating their bitter rivals.
Scotland lose their opener
After a 23 year wait to be back playing at a major tournament, Scotland couldn’t produce a winning performance and were beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic in their opening game of Euro 2020 at Hampden Park.
Two goals from Patrik Schick, including a stunning second strike from the half-way line, silenced the Tartan Army and means they must get something from their game with England on Friday to keep their hopes of qualifying from the group stages alive.
Gareth Southgate might choose to shuffle his pack for the game against Scotland after a hard-fought win over Croatia in the blistering London heat on Sunday. The likes of Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish could make the starting line-up, and Harry Kane might be rested too.
Scotland will count themselves unlucky not to have scored against the Czech’s, but they will now face an English defence that has kept three clean sheets in a row. However, Che Adams did look a threat when he came on against the Czech’s and could start at Wembley.
These nations represent the oldest rivalry in international football, but it is England who have dominated the fixture in recent years, and you must go back to 1999 for Scotland’s last victory against the Auld Enemy when they won 1-0 in a Euro qualifying game at Wembley Stadium.
Since then, England have won the last two games between the sides in London, beating them 3-2 in a 2013 friendly, and 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in 2016.
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