Match Preview: England v Scotland
FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
England vs. Scotland
Friday 11th November 2016, kick-off 7.45pm
Tomorrow night the oldest rivalry in international football will reignite its flames at Wembley as more than 13,000 Scotland fans descend on London for what is a big match in the World Cup Qualifying campaign.
The last time Scotland played England they lost 3-1 in a friendly at Celtic Park but can take heart from looking back to the last competitive fixture.
Scotland travelled to Wembley with their backs against the wall, 2-0 down from the first leg Euro 2000 play-off. Scotland would win 1-0 and give England an almighty scare thanks to a Don Hutchison header. England didn’t have a shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes.
Gordon Strachan’s men currently have four points on the board following a win against Malta, a draw with Lithuania and a defeat to Slovakia.
A win for Scotland would draw them level on points with England.
Elsewhere tomorrow night Malta take on Slovenia and Slovakia will play Lithuania.
Scotland: Steven Fletcher has trained this week after struggling with an injury earlier.
Scott Brown will be available for selection having originally retired from international duty.
Charlie Mulgrew joined the Scotland team earlier this week as a late call-up.
England: Wayne Rooney is set to start and captain the home side.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will also start the match, as revealed by Gareth Southgate in his pre-match press conference.
The match will be Scotland’s 49th competitive fixture against England at Wembley.
Scotland have beaten England 15 times, losing on 23 occasions.
David Marshall: “Wembley is an incredible stadium and a brilliant place to play.
“As a kid I dreamed about playing in this fixture so to potentially do that tomorrow night at Wembley will be special.
“Having Snoddy with us is a huge boost. He did really well for Hull on Sunday and always makes a massive difference when he’s on form. He’s a quality player.
Barry Bannan: “This is the biggest game of my career. England are a good side but there’s no reason why we can’t get a positive result.”
Sir Alex Ferguson: “Scotland will always do well against England. We’ll be the underdog though and that’s always been the case.
“Scotland excel at almost everything as Scottish people have such intelligence.
When Scotland play England they’ll have such a drive and incentive to do well.”
Alex McLeish: “The feeling, to go and win at Wembley, is akin to winning the World Cup.”
David Weir: “I’m looking forward to Scotland winning!
“I think England will be favourites because they have got really good players playing at probably a better level than the majority of our players.
“They’ll be favourites but like in any game you’ve always got a chance and I’m sure the Scotland team will be up for it.”
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