Scotland vs England- Match Preview

England take on Scotland in a huge World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. In football terms, this game is regarded as the oldest game in football. The first recognised game between the two bitter rivals took place on the 30th November 1872.  England will be looking to build on their great start to their qualifying campaign.

Gareth Southgate’s side have so far put themselves in a strong position to reach the World Cup in 2018 after taking 13 points from their first five qualification games. England have yet to concede a goal and a win over Scotland would put the Three Lions nine points clear of their bitter rivals.

The last meeting between the sides, England ran out 3-0 winners over Gordon Strachan’s Scotland side, however Scotland had beaten Slovenia in their last game 1-0. Scotland will be without Steven Fletcher who Strachan cut from the squad.

England come into this game having won three of their previous six games. Their last defeat was against Germany in a friendly.

Scotland come into this game having only won two of their previous six games and are currently fourth in the World Cup qualifying Group F.

Team News

Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton could be in line to make his first senior appearance, as he is brought in alongside uncapped players such as Mark Reynolds from Aberdeen and Ryan Fraser from AFC Bournemouth . Goalkeeper Allan McGregor is unavailable due to injury.

No new injury news for England as manager Gareth Southgate has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Pre-match stats

Scotland have lost seven out of their last eight international games against their old rivals England. Their last win against England came in the second leg or the Euro 2000 playoff where they won 1-0 at Wembley.

England are looking for their fourth consecutive away win over Scotland. The last time they enjoyed that type of streak away from home was between 1939 and 1954.

This will be the 114th international between the sides with England having the advantage in the head to heads. England winning 48 times and Scotland winning 41.

Scotland have scored three goals in their last nine home internationals against England.

By contrast, England have scored three times in each of the last three games against Scotland.

England statistically have the best defence in the European section of World Cup qualifying having yet to concede a goal.

Scotland have only lost just one of their last eight home qualifying games, losing against World Champions Germany in 2015.

England have not lost a qualifying match since October 2009 when they lost to Ukraine.

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