Scotland host ‘Auld Enemy’ England at Hampden Park tonight in a special high-profile match likely to be a friendly in name only. The two historic rivals renew hostilities in Glasgow to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first-ever match in international football and both teams will feel confident about claiming a statement victory.
The Three Lions may not have been at their best against Ukraine in Poland on Saturday but there is hope, even if this is a friendly, that the sheer emotion this fixture elicits will help Gareth Southgate’s side to raise their game. Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army, meanwhile, have won all five of their Euro 2024 qualifiers so far and could even have their place at the tournament confirmed this evening should results go their way.
International football may not whet the appetite as much as domestic action these days but, with the last meeting between the two rivals over two years ago at Euro 2020, there is little doubting this a huge game. Follow Scotland vs England live below, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at Hampden.
England to wear unique warm-up shirt at Hampden
As you may have seen, England will be wearing a special one-off warm-up shirt ahead of tonight’s clash at Hampden.
The top features the original crest that England wore against Scotland in the first ever international football fixture between the two rivals back in 1872 at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, which tonight’s friendly commemorates.
The Nike shirts are limited edition and will be auctioned off after tonight in order to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Refusal to experiment would be opportunity missed for Southgate
Harry Kane needled some Tottenham supporters last week when he described feeling “a different pressure” at Bayern Munich, writes Dan Kilpatrick in Glasgow.
Speaking ahead of England’s draw with Ukraine, Kane explained that “it wasn’t a disaster” for Spurs to go two games without winning, but at his new club, the perennial Bundesliga champions, even a comfortable win was deemed unacceptable if the performance was not up to scratch.
Kane could easily have added that the same scrutiny also applies to England, who are under a degree of pressure to avoid back-to-back games without a win in tonight’s friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park.
Gareth Southgate’s side were positively breezing through European Championship qualifying with four consecutive wins, including over Italy in Naples, before a first blip against Ukraine prompted all the familiar grumblings with the manager to resurface: Southgate is too negative, too unwilling to experiment, too loyal to senior players, too slow to react in games.
“We kind of know the cycle frankly with England,” Southgate said here about the reaction to Saturday’s 1-1 draw. “I’ve been in the job long enough now. It’s constant, never ending.”
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Southgate: ‘Ridiculous’ for England to experiment against Scotland
Not just with Phil Foden, but many England fans wanted to see Gareth Southgate seriously experiment in several areas of the pitch tonight after such a drab display against Ukraine in Wroclaw on Saturday – their first minor blip on the otherwise perfect road to Euro 2024 in Germany next summer.
However, the Three Lions boss has emphatically rejected such calls, calling the suggestion “ridiculous” as he anticipates a really tough and emotionally-charged test against an in-form Scotland side in England’s first friendly since they played the Ivory Coast and Switzerland in a pair of Wembley fixtures last March.
“We’ve got to find the right balance of physical freshness – we’ve had a day less preparation – experience, finding out about some players, winning, playing well,” Southgate said on Monday.
“So, the usual things that are expected of us with England, really.
“But I think the first thing is we can’t fiddle around with the team because we’re playing a top-level side, who are going to be at full tilt and giving us a really high-level challenge.
“So, you can’t overly experiment because that would be ridiculous.”
Scotland vs England: Three Lions trio who must take chance to impress in tonight’s friendly
Gareth Southgate is expected to hand a small number of England fringe players a chance to impress against Scotland tonight.
With rotations set to be at a minimum, those trusted to start at Hampden Park will know just how valuable an opportunity they will be getting in this hotly-contested friendly.
Here, we look at a Three Lions trio in need of a good performance…
Southgate dismisses Foden clamour with England yet to get best out of City star
Gareth Southgate has effectively dismissed Phil Foden’s chances of playing centrally for England, saying he is not used in the middle by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola for a reason.
Foden, who has scored three times in 26 games for England, has said he wants to “adapt and become a midfielder” and there is a growing clamour for Southgate to experiment with the 23-year-old in a deeper role, particularly given the doubts over Jordan Henderson’s international future.
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Prediction: Draw in Glasgow
Scotland have more than enough about them to claim a win in front of their home fans, especially considering how half-baked England looked at the weekend.
England had to rely on some inspiration from Kane to claim a point against Ukraine, so Southgate could do with more spark in midfield to make a real game of it.
Scotland 2-2 England.
England team news: Aaron Ramsdale could start
For England, Gareth Southgate may want to tweak things with the Three Lions were fairly lifeless against Ukraine in Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Wroclaw. The likes of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire could do with being stood down, giving the likes of Levi Colwill and Phil Foden a chance to shine.
Aaron Ramsdale, Callum Wilson and Eberechi Eze will all be hoping for minutes after failing to get off the bench in Poland.
Scotland team news: No major changes expected
Scotland have been in flying form under Steve Clarke, making it five straight wins in Cyprus on Friday, and will surely want to keep that going with another victory against England. Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay and Billy Gilmour should all play.
Where to watch England vs Scotland
TV channel: In the UK, Tuesday’s game will be shown live and free-to-air on Channel 4, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Live stream: Fans will also be able to watch a free live stream online via the Channel 4 website and app.
Live blog: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated live match blog, with expert analysis from chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick at Hampden.
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of England’s friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park today.
Kick-off from Glasgow is at 7.45pm BST.