Close sidebar

England V Scotland: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Friday’s Wembley Showdown

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Wayne Rooney of England is pursued by James Morrison of Scotland and Chris Martin of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

England take on old foes Scotland at Wembley on Friday night, with three valuable points at stake on the road to the next World Cup in Russia.

Gareth Southgate remains in charge of England (and appears almost certain to get the job on a permanent basis) while defeat at Wembley could well see the end of Gordon Strachan’s tenure in charge of Scotland.

There’s a lot more than pride at stake on Friday, as defeat for the away side could see their chances of qualifying for Russia all-but evaporate. The hosts, meanwhile, will want to avoid having to scrap for top spot if at all possible.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Wayne Rooney of England shakes hands with Darren Fletcher of Scotland as Ross Barkley of England shakes hands with Barry Bannan of Scotland at the end of the International Friendly between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Team News:

Danny Drinkwater and Fraser Forster have also pulled out of the original squad, with Sunderland’s in-form goalkeeper Jordan Pickford coming in for the latter.

Scotland welcome Scott Brown back into the squad, with the Celtic midfielder deciding to reverse his international retirement. Scotland have few injury concerns heading into the match, which should please Strachan no end.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Scott Brown of Scotland in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group I Qualifying match between Scotland and Czech Republic at Hampden Park on September 03, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Possible Starting Lineups:

Southgate has already confirmed that Rooney will start, as will Daniel Sturridge, which means the returning Harry Kane will almost certainly be on the bench. Adam Lallana could come into the team but whether Eric Dier starts depends on where Rooney plays.

For Scotland, the returning Brown is likely to start, with Barry Bannan likely to drop to the bench from the side that faced Slovakia. In attack, Strachan must decide between Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher to lead the line.

England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose, Dier, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge

Scotland: Marshall, Paterson, Hanley, Russell Martin, Wallace, McArthur, Brown, Fletcher, Snodgrass, Ritchie, Fletcher

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Daniel Sturridge of England celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group F match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on October 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Head-To-Head Record:

As the oldest international fixture in the world, it’s safe to say these two have previous. First contested in 1872, England and Scotland have since squared off 111 times. Of those games, the English have the better record with 47 wins, but the Scottish aren’t that far behind with 41 wins.

However, England have dominated this fixture over the past number of meetings. Of the last ten fixtures between the two, England have won seven, Scotland two, and the remaining match a 0-0 draw in 1987.

Four of the last five meetings have also gone England’s way:

  • Scotland 0-2 England (European Championship), 15th June 1996
  • Scotland 0-2 England (European Championship qualifying playoff first leg), 13th November 1999
  • England 0-1 Scotland (European Championship qualifying playoff second leg), 17th November 1999
  • England 3-2 Scotland (Friendly), 14th August 2013
  • Scotland 1-3 England (Friendly), 18th November 2014

17 Nov 1999: Paul Ince of England is challenged by Don Hutchison of Scotland during the England v Scotland Euro 2000 play-off second leg match at Wembley Stadium, London. Scotland won the game 1-0, but England progress to Euro 2000 courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate scoreline. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

The Verdict:

The malaise has set in around Scotland’s campaign already – a defeat here could finish it off. Strachan is unlikely to be Scotland manager at the turn of the year, and that kind of uncertainty can be toxic to a squad of players. The only hope they have is that they can rouse themselves up for such a significant match.

England, despite, having no permanent manager right now, look altogether more settled. They are not perfect by any means, but they have more quality than this Scotland team and if they play to their best ability they should win comfortably.

Sign Up For The LOI Arena Newsletter

Read More About: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.