As top-drawer sporting conflicts go, England versus Scotland takes some beating. It’s the world’s oldest international football fixture, and these feisty foes have given us some compelling clashes down the years. Now it’s time for the next explosive chapter.
Hampden Park will do its best to contain the action on Saturday, as the Three Lions face the Tartan Army in a mouth-watering FIFA World Cup qualifier. England currently top Group F thanks to 13 points from a possible 15, but it’s a different story for the Scots, who are languishing six points behind their rivals in fourth place. Gordon Strachan’s men can’t afford to lose this one – and it would add insult to injury if a devastating defeat came at the hands of their fiercest enemies.
For England and manager Gareth Southgate, things are looking a lot more rosy. With an unbeaten run and plenty of momentum behind them (including a comfortable 3-0 triumph over the Scots at Wembley back in November), a victory in Glasgow this weekend would see them put one boot in next year’s Finals in Russia.
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