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A HISTORY OF ENGLAND V SCOTLAND
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A HISTORY OF ENGLAND V SCOTLAND

ENGLAND v SCOTLAND: WE’VE MET BEFORE

England v Scotland is the game's oldest international fixture; the two countries first played each other in 1872 at the West of Scotland Cricket Club's ground in Glasgow. 

However, prior to that date there are five known "internationals", sometimes called the "Alcock internationals" after the instigator, CW Alcock, played between a representative England side and a team of Scottish exiles, all of whom were based in or around the London area.

They used to meet annually in the Home Championship but withdrew from that competition after 1984.

Given the number of clashes, there are so many memorable fixtures. In 1928 the Scotland team that won 5-1 at Wembley were dubbed the Wembley Wizards. Alex Jackson scored a hat-trick for Scotland while Alex James added two more.

In 1961 Scotland suffered their heaviest defeat in the fixture, losing 9-3 at Wembley where Jimmy Greaves scored a hat-trick. 

But six years later Scotland gained revenge with probably their most famous win over their rivals, a 3-2 victory at Wembley. 

England had won the World Cup less than a year earlier and were unbeaten in 19 games but Denis Law and Bobby Lennox gave the visitors the lead before Jack Charlton replied for England. Jim McCalliog scored a third and though Geoff Hurst scored another, Scotland held on for a famous victory.

In 1973 England travelled to Hampden Park as part of the Scottish FA centenary celebrations – and won 5-0. Peter Lorimer gave the visitors an early lead before further goals followed from Allan Clarke (two), Mick Channon and Martin Chivers.

Fast forward to 1996 and the European Championship finals. Hosts England were drawn against Scotland and, after a draw with Switzerland, they needed a win. Alan Shearer headed England into the lead. 

And then Paul Gascoigne scored one of the most memorable goals seen at Wembley, lifting the ball over Colin Hendry’s head before volleying it into the net to seal a 2-0 victory.

Three years later Paul Scholes effectively sent England half-way to Euro 2000 with two first-half goals at Hampden Park in the two-legged play-off.

The midfielder silenced Hampden Park and gave Kevin Keegan’s team a crucial advantage for the second leg at Wembley.

After a frantic opening to the match, Scholes broke the deadlock, taking a long pass on his chest and firing into the corner. His second was a powerful header from David Beckham's free-kick.

The goals proved vital as Scotland were to win the second-leg 1-0 at Wembley, but bowed out 2-1 on aggregate.

In August 2013 the teams clashed at Wembley in a game to celebrate the English FA’s 150th anniversary and it was a lively affair.

Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch in international football as England twice came from behind. 

The striker headed home England's winner just three minutes after replacing Wayne Rooney. 

Lambert's header from Leighton Baines' 70th-minute corner completed a dream debut for a striker. 

Scotland twice took the lead, through James Morrison and then Kenny Miller, before they were pegged back by goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, to set the stage for Lambert's decisive header. 

The most recent meeting came on 18 November 2014, and a friendly at Celtic Park where Wayne Rooney scored twice in England’s 3-1 win.

England went ahead after 32 minutes with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain converted a pass from Gunners team-mate Jack Wilshere.

And within two minutes of the second-half Rooney added England’s second. Defender Andy Robertson replied for Scotland with seven minutes remaining but Rooney responded quickly to cement a Three Lions’ win.

LAST 20 MEETINGS

1975 Wembley Home Championship England 5 Scotland 1

1976 Hampden Park Home Championship Scotland 2 England 1

1977 Wembley Home Championship England 1 Scotland 2

1978 Hampden Park Home Championship Scotland 0 England 1

1979 Wembley Home Championship England 3 Scotland 1

1980 Hampden Park Home Championship Scotland 0 England 2

1981 Wembley Home Championship England 0 Scotland 1

1982 Hampden Park Home Championship Scotland 0 England 1

1983 Wembley Home Championship England 2 Scotland 0

1984 Hampden Park Home Championship Scotland 1 England 1

1985 Hampden Park Friendly  Scotland 1 England 0

1986 Wembley Friendly England 2 Scotland 1

1987 Hampden Park Rous Cup Scotland 0 England 0

1988 Wembley Rous Cup England 1 Scotland 0

1989 Hampden Park Rous Cup Scotland 0 England 2

1996 Wembley European Championship England 2 Scotland 0

1999 Hampden Park European Championship Scotland 0 England 2

1999 Wembley European Championship England 0 Scotland 1

2013 Wembley Friendly England 3 Scotland 2

2014 Celtic Park Friendly Scotland 1 England 3

 

OVERALL RECORD

                                     PLAYED    ENGLAND   SCOTLAND    DRAWS

EURO CHAMPS             3                     2                    1                    0

FRIENDLIES*                109                 45                  40                  24

TOTAL                             112                  47                   41                  24

 

*Includes Home Championship and Rous Cup

 

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