The most intriguing tie of tonight’s World Cup qualifying action comes from Wembley, where England play host to old foes Scotland.
The oldest match in international football takes place for the 112th time as Scotland are looking to end a run that has seen them lose four of there last five games against their southern neighbours.
Gareth Southgate’s press conference on Thursday cleared up some speculation and spoiled what could have been some surprises in his team selection.
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The interim manager had already confirmed that Daniel Sturridge would start up front instead of the returning Harry Kane, with Wayne Rooney coming back into the starting lineup and reclaiming the captain’s armband from Jordan Henderson. Adam Lallana, meanehile, starts ahead of Jesse Lingard.
For Scotland, meanwhile, Scott Brown’s self-imposed international exile is over and the Celtic midfielder starts this evening. Indeed, Strachan makes several changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Slovakia last month.
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Ikechi Anya, James Morrison, James Forrest, Christophe Berra and Leigh Griffiths all come into the side, with James McArthur, Chris Martin, Matt Ritchie, Russell Martin and Barry Bannan the players to drop out.
Scotland have to get some kind of result here to keep themselves in the race for qualification – defeat, however, could have fatal consequences for Strachan’s position as national team manager.