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Good evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for tonight's match between the 'auld enemies' Scotland and England at Celtic Park. It is a fixture steeped in history, with many classic encounters throughout the years, and tonight both sides will renew the oldest rivalry in international football history while hopefully playing out another one for the ages. It promises to be a full-blooded and intriguing affair at the very least, so we should be in for an entertaining 90 minutes in Glasgow. Let's start with a look at the hosts...
Things are looking increasingly promising for Scotland under Gordon Strachan, who was garnered plenty of support for the national team following a major lull in recent years. His side are well placed to launch a challenge to reach Euro 2016, which would be their first major international tournament since France 1998. That is the ultimate goal for Strachan right now and, considering the strength of their qualifying group, it would be a big achievement.
Scotland are currently joint second in Group D of the qualifying campaign, although they share their seven-point haul from four games with two others teams. It could have been worse for the Scots had they not picked up a crucial 1-0 victory against Republic of Ireland on Friday, though, as that result kept them in touch with the Irish and Germany, as well as remaining just three points behind leaders Poland.
That match, which was also played at Celtic Park, was notable for the full commitment from both sets of players, as well as the incredible support the home side received from the fans. Both of those factors are expected to be on even greater show tonight, as there isn't a team in world football that Scotland would enjoy beating more than England. Much has been made of the atmosphere the visitors will face, and it certainly should be electric inside Celtic Park tonight.
However, as England coach Gary Neville has said, the match will ultimately be decided on events on the field, not in the stands, and Scotland will be fairly confident in that regard as well. They have had a fine string of results recently, losing just once in their last 10 matches. That defeat was certainly nothing to be ashamed of either as they fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of world champions Germany in the qualifying campaign. That is their only loss since early September of last year, so the hosts will not be lacking any confidence tonight.
Much of their success has been based on the team have a strong defensive line, with goals at the other end relatively hard to come by for Gordon Strachan's side. They have not scored more than two goals in a game since August 2012, but have ensured that things are tight at the back to give them the best chance of picking up results. They have kept six clean sheets in their last 10 outings, including two in their last three.
They have also kept four clean sheets in a row at home, not conceding in front of their own fans since a 2-0 loss at the hands of Belgium in September of last year. That, of course, means that they are unbeaten on home soil for more than a year, winning three and drawing one of their matches. Away form hasn't been bad in qualifying, with a narrow defeat to Germany and a good draw against Poland, but it is that home form that will give the Scots the best chance of qualifying for the Euros.
Indeed, they have only been beaten twice at home in the last four years, with Wales and Belgium the only visiting teams to leave with a victory since Spain ran out 3-2 winners in 2010. That run stretches back 14 matches, so Scotland will know that they can at least hold their own on home soil against most sides in world football right now. They have not lost an international friendly at home for almost exactly six years, winning five and drawing one in that time. Indeed, the only friendly they have lost home or away in their last eight was to England at Wembley last year.
England will no doubt draw upon that result for inspiration this evening, although those who played that night at Wembley will remember how close they were run by the Scots. None of them will be expecting an easy ride tonight given Scotland's recent form and the frenzied build-up to the game, and it will be interesting to see how a number of the more inexperienced players respond to playing in what is expected to be a hostile environment. It should be a very good test for the Three Lions tonight.
So far they have passed every test they have faced since their dreadful World Cup campaign in Brazil, although the standard of performances continue to draw questions. They have a 100% record since crashing out of the World Cup in the group stages, but tonight's match could well prove to be the toughest test yet in that run as they look to make it six victories in a row for the first time since a run of eight in 2005-06.
There were both positives and negatives to take from England's last outing, which saw them come from behind to beat Slovenia at Wembley. The Three Lions were poor for the first half and, while Slovenia didn't threaten often at the other end, England simply didn't seem to be able to find a way through their defence. It took an own goal from Jordan Henderson to spark the visitors into life, and from that point on it was a much better display. They levelled things up quickly through Wayne Rooney before a Danny Welbeck brace sealed the points.
Performance-wise there are still issues for Hodgson to address, but you can't argue with the recent results. They sit top of Group E in Euro 2016 qualifying with four wins from four, as well as boasting the best attack in the group with 11 goals for and the best defence with just one against. Indeed, having already faced what looks to be their toughest test on paper - an away trip to Switzerland - they could well be on course for a perfect qualifying campaign, which would go some way to abolishing the memories of the World Cup.
Defensively they have been sound recently, with Henderson's own goal against Slovenia the only time they have conceded in their last six outings. A clean sheet in that game would have equalled the national record of six in a row, but Hodgson can still be proud of his side not having seen an opposition player score past them since Luis Suarez's 85th-minute winner in the second group game of the World Cup.
They have kept clean sheets in their last three away games, beating Switzerland and Estonia while drawing with Costa Rica in the World Cup dead rubber. Their first two group games in Brazil, against Italy and Uruguay, are their only two defeats away from home in their last 11 trips abroad, since an Ibrahimovic-inspired Sweden won 4-2 in November 2012.
The Three Lions are unbeaten in their last five friendlies since their 1-0 loss at the hands of Germany at Wembley last year, keeping four clean sheets in those five games. However, they have not won an away international friendly since beating Norway 1-0 in May 2012, a run that includes draws against Brazil, Honduras and Ecuador as well as defeat to Sweden.
TEAM NEWS: Right, the teams are in for both sides, and there have been a few changes from the visitors for tonight's match. Stewart Downing returns to the England starting lineup for the first time in over two years, while there are also places for Shaw, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Forster. Scotland, meanwhile, make just the one change as Steven Fletcher is replaced by Chris Martin. Full teams for both sides coming right up...
SCOTLAND STARTING XI: Marshall; Whittaker, R.Martin, Hanley, Robertson; Maloney, Mulgrew, Brown, Anya; Naismith, C.Martin
ENGLAND STARTING XI: Forster; Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw; Wilshere, Milner; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney, Downing; Welbeck
What can we make of those two sides, then? Well, starting with Scotland, Strachan spoke this week of his selection dilemma considering the high-profile nature of this fixture. The manager admitted that he was initially planning to ring the changes for the game, but those who featured against Ireland on Friday wanted to play again tonight. As a result, he has made just the one change as Martin replaces Steven Fletcher, who was taken off early against Ireland with an ankle injury.
Martin will be supported by Steven Naismith, who wasn't too involved against Ireland but has developed into an important player for both club and country this season. The likes of Anya and Maloney will provide support on the wings, with the latter scoring the winning goal against Ireland with a lovely curling effort into the far corner. Both players possess pace and trickery in abundance, so they will be looking to give the England full-backs a tough time of it tonight.
In midfield, Mulgrew and Brown will once again be in familiar surroundings at Celtic Park, and that duo will look to win what is sure to be a physical battle in the middle of the park. They managed to do that against Ireland, and you can be sure that they will take no prisoners tonight. England have battlers of their own in central midfield, however, so that really will be an intriguing battle.
At the back, David Marshall has shaken off a knock and is fit enough to start ahead of Craig Gordon, while the back four in front of him remains unchanged. Robertson in particular had a good game against Ireland and will be looking to make plenty of forward runs against the inexperienced Nathaniel Clyne tonight. Darren Fletcher and James Morrison, meanwhile, are among the names not to make the starting lineup having been struggling with illness recently.
England, meanwhile, make a change in between the sticks as Hart has been rested for tonight's match. Fraser Forster is given the nod ahead of Ben Foster, marking a return to the ground where he spent four years as a Celtic player before his summer move to Southampton. It is not the most experienced of defences in front of him, however, with Clyne winning just his second cap and Shaw and Smalling also coming into the side in place of Jagielka and Gibbs.
As I mentioned a little earlier, the midfield battle is really going to be an interesting one tonight, but Wilshere and Milner will fancy their chances of standing up to any physical tests thrown at them by Brown and Mulgrew. There is also a return to the starting lineup for Downing, who has been rewarded for his fine form at club level with West Ham. He makes his first start since 2012, although it remains to be seen where he is deployed. It could well be at the tip of the diamond, or Hodgson could opt for a more conventional 4-4-2, with Oxlade-Chamberlain or Milner out on the right.
Further forward, Welbeck is given the nod for another start despite in-form striker Saido Berahino knocking the the door for his debut. The West Brom man has certainly earned his chance at this level as the highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season, and he could well make his international bow off the bench today. Welbeck, meanwhile, has been in fine form for his country recently, netting five goals in his last four games, including a brace on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney will also make his 101st cap for his country tonight having become the ninth England centurion against Slovenia at the weekend, and he will also be looking to edge ever closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record. Rooney's goal against Slovenia brought him level with Jimmy Greaves on 44 goals, which is four short of Gary Lineker and just five away from Charlton's record. It seems a matter of when rather than if he will break it - as well as Peter Shilton's appearance record - and he could edge closer to doing so tonight.
PREDICTION: We're 10 minutes away from kickoff at Celtic Park, which means that it is time for a match prediction! This really is a tough one to call tonight, with Scotland in good form and enjoying home advantage while England have been adept at digging out results recently. It could well come down to who wants it more, and while it wouldn't be a surprise to me if either side won, I'm going to go for a share of the spoils. Despite both sides having decent defensive records recently I also think there will be goals, so I'm going for a 2-2 draw.
This is actually the first time that England have faced Scotland in Scotland this century, last making the trip North of the border in 1999. That was in a playoff for Euro 2000, and England drew first blood in the opening leg courtesy of Paul Scholes's brace that gave the Three Lions a 2-0 lead. They lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at Wembley, with Don Hutchison grabbing the only goal of the game, but went through to the tournament on aggregate.
That defeat in the second leg remains England only defeat in their last eight meetings with the auld enemy, however, during which time they have won six games. Their most recent meeting came in August of last year, when Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch in international football to hand the Three Lions an entertaining 3-2 win at Wembley. Scotland have not won this fixture on home soil since a 1-0 victory in 1985, so they will be desperate to end that 29-year drought tonight.
This rivalry goes back a lot further than that, however, with the first ever international football match being contested between these two teams. It ended in a goalless draw at Hamilton Crescent in 1872, but more often than not there has been a winner in this fixture. England have emerged victorious 46 times in the 111 meetings, with Scotland have won 41 with 24 draws.
As expected, there is a noisy atmosphere inside the stadium, with the English national anthem being roundly booed by the majority inside Celtic Park. The England fans respond by booing during Flower of Scotland, although the home fans ensure that their own rendition of the anthem drowns that out. This is a very rare treat for the Scottish fans to see this fixture here, as it hasn't been played at Celtic Park since 1904 - 110 years ago.
Before kickoff, both sets of players will hold a minute's applause in memory of a Scottish fan who died during Friday's victory over Ireland. Everyone inside the stadium, regardless of their allegiances, joins in.
KICKOFF: England get us underway in front of a partisan home crowd at Celtic Park. Can they maintain their winning run or will Scotland get one over on the auld enemy for the first time in almost 30 years?
CHANCE! England are the first to really threaten on the attack as Wilshere shakes off a poor challenge from Naismith to lead a charge forward. Shaw eventually wins a corner for the visitors, which Cahill nods over the bar when he probably should have done better. He was unmarked and had a free jump, so he will be disappointed not to have worked the keeper at least there.
SAVE! England come forward again as Welbeck steals the ball off Whittaker before giving the ball to Rooney. Rooney returns the favour by sliding his pass back to Welbeck, whose low strike draws a save from Marshall. The ball squirms out into a dangerous area, but Scotland are able to scramble it clear with Rooney lurking dangerously.
The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball early on, which is exactly what they would have wanted. The crowd are in fine voice, and the last thing England would have needed was Scotland making a quick start to this game.
Scotland do manage to put some sustained pressure on England here, but Anya runs the ball out of play having done really well to spin away from Clyne. He had a chance to put that in a little earlier, but a heavy touch saw the ball always running away from him. An early victory for the winger over Clyne, though.
It looks as though Milner is the one playing at the tip of the diamond for England, which is interesting considering he is probably the most defensive-minded of all four in the middle of the park. Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the right and Downing on the left, with Wilshere once again at the base.
Better defending from Clyne this time as Anya looks to skip past him again. The Southampton man got an important foot in to concede a corner, from which Whittaker sees his low drive blocked.
Brown gives the ball away inside his own half and Welbeck pounces on it to try and play a first-time through-ball to Rooney, who was free down the middle. However, the pass is just too heavy and runs through to the keeper. A good chance to break missed there for England.
The Scotland fans want a free kick in a decent crossing position and Shaw and Naismith collide when looking to get on the end of a long ball forward. Jonas Eriksson is having none of it, however, which draws the ire of the majority inside Celtic Park.
Scotland do get a free kick inside the England half this time, and England are slightly slow to notice the short pass on to Whittaker. Mulgrew knocks it to his full-back, but Wilshere gets out quickly to make the block.
We were expecting a feisty encounter here, and it is beginning to heat up now! Welbeck is involved in a couple of challenges in quick succession which raise the temperatures a little inside the stadium, but the referee resolves it without going to his pocket.
Scotland break forward quickly down the left, with Robertson slipped in on an overlapping run. He plays a low ball across the box, but it is behind a couple of blue shirts and just too far in front of Brown. The Scotland skipper was not far from connecting with that one!
Decent build-up play from Scotland as they spend a good amount of time in possession inside England's half. The ball eventually falls to Maloney on the edge of the box and he tries to slip a clever pass to the left channel, where blue shirts are queuing up, but Clyne makes an important interception.
Manchester United fans must be sick of injuries by now. They are left holding their breath here as Shaw needs treatment for what looks like a knee injury following a challenge by Naismith. However, he is soon back on his feet and should be fine to continue, which is good news for club and country.
Scotland have given the ball away inside their own half on a number of occasions already tonight. It usually comes when they are trying square passes, allowing England to nip in and launch a quick break. The latest of those sees Whittaker recover to shepherd the ball out of play under pressure from Welbeck, but the hosts need to cut those sort of mistakes out.
England have a chance to get in behind the Scotland defence again, but the pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain is really poor. That was a simple one in behind the full-back, but it was too heavy for Milner.
Both sides have enjoyed 50% possession apiece in the opening half an hour, and as that stat suggests it has been a pretty even game so far. The best chances have fallen the way of England, but aside from Scottish errors the visitors have struggled to create much. Forster, meanwhile, has had very little to do so far.
GOAL! Scotland 0-1 England (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)
First blood to England, and it is a superb goal from the visitors. They are knocking the ball about seemingly without much danger inside the Scotland half before Wilshere floats a perfect ball over the defence for the run of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who glances a clever header into the bottom corner. That one seemed to come out of nothing, but England have the lead!
It must be said that the noise level barely wavered despite that Oxlade-Chamberlain goal. The Scottish fans have been relentless throughout, although there is a little more from the visiting supporters now.
Wilshere stretches for a ball in midfield and goes down clutching the back of his leg, which is an immediate concern considering his past injury troubles. Scotland play on, however, and eventually the Arsenal man is back on his feet and trying to shake the problem off. He should be fine to continue.
Clever play from Milner as he collects a square pass from Rooney before trying a reverse pass inside to Welbeck. It looked as though the Man City man was lining up a shot, and his pass seemed to even take Welbeck by surprise and, as a result, the striker could not collect it.
Strong play from both captains as Rooney looks to burst forward from midfield, but runs into a brick wall in Brown. Neither back away from the challenge, but it was the English skipper who was left in a heap on the floor by Brown. No complaints from either man, though.
Many of Scotland's attacks have come down the left flank tonight, with Anya provided a useful outlet for the hosts. However, aside from the first clash between the winger and Clyne, the Southampton full-back has performed very well.
SHOT! A rare shot from the hosts, but it is a poor one from Maloney. He receives possession around 25 yards from goal and immediately lines one up, but his effort goes a long way over the crossbar.
Time is running out for Scotland if they want to level things up before the break, but in truth they can't have many complaints at being behind. They have created very little so far, while England have had two or three sights of goal.
There will be just the one minute of added time at the end of this first half.
HALF TIME: Scotland 0-1 England
Jonas Eriksson brings an end to the first half, and it is England who go into the break with the lead. The visitors have created the better chances and deserve their lead, with Scotland having struggled to find a way through England's defence. Even so, the hosts are still very much in this game and will fancy their chances of getting back into it after the break.
The goal came from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just after the half-hour mark, and it was one forged in North London as two Arsenal teammates linked up. Wilshere was the creator, floating a beautiful pass over the defence for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who glanced his header into the bottom corner with a cute finish. It was a superb pass, although Hanley and Robertson were left asking questions of each other after the goal.
The visitors began the match brightly and had a couple of chances in the opening minutes, the first of which came from Cahill. Wilshere, Rooney and Shaw combined to win an early corner for England, and Downing's cross found an unmarked Cahill inside the box before planting a header off target when he probably should have done better.
Minutes later there was another chance for England as Welbeck won the ball back before exchanging passes with Rooney. The return ball found him in the left channel advancing into the area, but his low strike was fairly comfortable for the keeper. The Arsenal striker should have drilled it powerfully across Marshall, but instead put a relatively tame effort straight at the keeper.
As far as Scotland are concerned, they have offered very little in the final third so far. Martin has been an isolated figure and has got no joy up against Cahill. Maloney had one effort from range fly high over the crossbar, and the resulting goal kick is about as much as Forster has had to do on his return to Celtic Park so far. That will be the priority for Strachan in the second half but, without Fletcher, he doesn't have many other options to change things.
This being a friendly, there are likely to be a number of changes in the second half, and perhaps a couple at the break as well. Those could change the match, which would give Scotland a little more hope as they certainly need something different after the break. They have been disappointing so far considering their recent form.
SCOTLAND SUBS: Indeed, there are a number of changes at the break from Scotland, with Darren Fletcher, James Morrison and Craig Gordon all coming on.
ENGLAND SUBS: The visitors also make a couple of changes as Adam Lallana and Phil Jagielka are introduced.
KICKOFF: We're back underway at Celtic Park as England kick us off, and immediately Mulgrew becomes the first name in the book for a cynical foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain.
GOAL! Scotland 0-2 England (Wayne Rooney)
What a start to the second half for England! Scotland fail to deal with an early free kick into the box and the ball bounces around in the penalty area before Rooney dispatches it into the bottom corner with a reaction header. Craig Gordon's first touch is to pick the ball out of the back of his net!
That is Rooney's 45th goal for England, taking him out alone as the third highest scorer in their history. He is now a mere three goals short of Lineker and four away from Charlton! The record edges ever closer.
SAVE! Forster is finally forced into a save, and it is an important one following some slack marking from a free kick. Rooney lost Russell Martin, who got a good connection on his effort towards the top corner, only to see his effort tipped over the top by the England keeper.
It is the England fans making all of the noise inside Celtic Park now. Many expected Scotland to get a result against their fiercest rivals tonight given their recent resurgence and their home advantage, but so far England have done a very good job of nullifying their threat. It has been a professional and effective display from the visitors.
Bright play from Rooney as he picks the ball up on the left flank following decent work from Shaw and Wilshere. He fakes a cross before driving into the area and playing a low pass towards the near post. However, it is just too far in front of his teammates and Gordon is able to collect it.
Milner almost breaks through this time as he receives the ball on the edge of the box and sells one defender by controlling the ball rather than shooting first time. However, he is on his weaker foot and so can't put too much power on his effort, which is blocked.
SHOT! England are playing with plenty of confidence now, knocking the ball about freely inside the Scotland half. Wilshere almost pulls off another lovely pass over the top for Welbeck this time, but the defenders this time do enough to concede a corner. From the subsequent delivery Smalling gets his head to it, but his downward effort is a few yards wide.
Scotland have made too many errors in possession so far tonight, and that is largely down to the pressure that England have put them under. The visitors have been impressive both on and off the ball tonight, and they very much deserve what is a pretty comfortable lead right now.
SCOTLAND SUB: Ikechi Anya started the match fairly brightly but has got very little joy from Clyne since. He makes way to be replaced by Barry Bannan for the final half an hour.
Rooney hounds his club teammate Darren Fletcher in midfield before giving away a free kick, but that was a good example of the hunger England have shown tonight. There were questions whether they could match Scotland's desire tonight, but they have most certainly done that.
SAVE! Some more nice football from England inside the Scotland half, but this time Gordon has a fairly comfortable one at the end of it. Clyne, Wilshere and Lallana were all involved before the ball found Rooney, whose curling effort from 25 yards was easy for the keeper.
ENGLAND SUBS: A double change for the visitors as Luke Shaw and Danny Welbeck make way to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs and Raheem Sterling.
SCOTLAND SUB: The hosts respond with a change of their own, and it is an attacking one as Stevie May comes on for his debut in place of Hanley. The debutant gets a great reception from the home fans.
Almost a way through for Scotland as Maloney breaks forward, exchanging passes with Naismith. The winger tries a clever reverse pass to May instead of shooting from 20 yards, but the pass is intercepted.
May really is proving a popular figure inside the stadium. Each one of his touches is being cheered by the home fans, who are clearly happy that he has finally got his chance at senior level.
Good play from Wilshere, who has once again excelled in his role at the base of the diamond tonight. He collects a loose ball in the Scotland half before driving past Fletcher and Mulgrew into the box, but Robertson does well to shepherd it out of play.
Still no way through for Scotland, although they are seeing a bit more of the ball now. The pressure is likely to build on the England defence in these final 15 minutes or so, but so far they have been comfortably on top.
Half a chance for the hosts as a vicious corner is whipped in towards the near post, where Naismith has peeled away from his man. The ball is slightly behind him, though, so it is tough for him to steer his header on target, and he can only put it well over the bar.
England are allowing Scotland more of the ball now, but it is still all coming in front of the England defence. The visitors are looking very comfortable right now.
CHANCE! Decent chance for England as Rooney slides the ball in down the right channel for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who reaches the byline before pulling a low ball back into the box. It deflects up and sits nicely for Wilshere to volley, but his effort hits Milner and goes behind for a goal kick.
ENGLAND SUB: Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch as an international player against Scotland last year, and he will get another chance here as he replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain.
SCOTLAND SUB: The hosts make a change of their own as Maloney makes way for Johnny Russell.
GOAL! Scotland 1-2 England (Andy Robertson)
This one is not over yet, folks! It is by far Scotland's best move of the match as Robertson and Russell exchange passes on the left side the box, with the latter's return ball finding the full-back in a great position. He fires a low effort past Forster at his near post to halve the deficit and reignite this Scotland crowd. Game on now!
GOAL! Scotland 1-3 England (Wayne Rooney)
Wow, what a response from England to nip the Scotland resurgence in the bud! It is a lovely move from the visitors as Sterling, Lambert and Milner combine to found Lallana at the byline down the right flank. He cuts a low pass into a dangerous area, and Rooney has made that run to put an easy finish past Gordon. Surely that is game over now.
ENGLAND SUB: We're going to see Ross Barkley for the final few minutes here as the Everton midfielder replaces the impressive Wilshere.
Rooney may well have one eye on a first ever England hat-trick now. His second goal tonight brings him up to 46 for England, just three short of Bobby Charlton's record.
There will be a minimum of three minutes added time at the end of this match.
FULL TIME: Scotland 1-3 England
The referee brings an end to the match here at Celtic Park, and it is England that have emerged victorious in the latest chapter of international football's longest rivalry. Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for the visitors before Wayne Rooney added a second-half brace either side of a Andy Robertson strike.
Right, that is all we have time for this evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for what was an entertaining clash between Scotland and England at Celtic Park. The visitors leave with the bragging rights from this friendly courtesy of a 3-1 victory, helped largely by a Wayne Rooney brace. I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to stick around for reaction, analysis and player ratings. From me, though, it is goodbye for now!