WORLD CUP 2018 ENGLAND V SCOTLAND MATCH PREVIEW

Wayne Rooney, England captain

ENGLAND V SCOTLAND FOOTBALL TICKETS, MATCH PREVIEW, SQUADS

England v Scotland 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers

Wayne Rooney is back!

The Three Lions host Scotland on Friday night in the 113th match between the two sides that have remained fierce enemies through the years. The first match between the long-time rivals took place in 1872, making Friday's fixture the world’s oldest international football match.

England are two points clear at the top of Group F, with Scotland fourth only a point behind Lithuania and Slovenia who have five points apiece. The match is already a sell-out with 10,000 Scotland fans to be in the crowd of 90,000 supporters at Wembley. LiveFootballTickets.com still has a good selection of England tickets and Scotland tickets for sale online now!

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England will host the Scotland National Football Team on Friday November 11, 2016 at Wembley Stadium. Get the very best legal, authentic,  England tickets and Scotland tickets now at LiveFootballTickets.com to support your team. Enjoy sitting among other passionate fans to watch this historic football match!

England and Scotland Line-ups

Gareth Southgate, England National Team interim manager

England National Team Squad

Manager: Gareth Southgate

Goalkeepers
Joe Hart (Torino), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland).
Defenders
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Michael Keane (Burnley), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).
Forwards
Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager

Scotland National Team Squads

Manager Gordon Strachan

Goalkeepers
Craig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Hull City).
Defenders
Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers), Grant Hanley (Newcastle United), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian), Lee Wallace (Rangers).
Midfielders
Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).
Forwards
Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

England v Scotland Match Preview

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
European Qualifiers (Group F)

Friday's fixture will be the 112th between the rivals with England having the edge with 47 wins, 41 defeats and 24 draws. The most recent meeting of the near neighbors was England's 3-1 victory against Scotland at Celtic Park in November 2014. (See historic photos below)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to captain England at Wembley in his side's World Cup qualifier clash at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday evening in a critical, massive game against arch-rivals Scotland. Interim England manager Gareth Southgate said he has no hesitation over Rooney starting the World Cup 2018 qualifying Group F game that kicks off at 19:45 GMT. Thirty-one-year-old forward and skipper Rooney was dropped for England’s previous game that resulted in a 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.

"He's in a better place than for the last get-together in terms of sharpness and confidence," said Southgate. "He's an experienced player for a game like this and there is no hesitation to be playing him."

Rooney is England's record scorer with 53 goals and has won 118 caps, but was also dropped by Manchester United this season. Rooney has scored two goals for Manchester United this season

In past clashes against Scotland, Rooney scored twice in England's 3-1 defeat over Scotland in November 2014 in a friendly at Celtic Park which was the last time the rival countries met.

"He is playing well," said Southgate. "He's a player when in a rhythm of playing, it helps him."

Southgate has been England boss for four games in temporary charge end with the friendly against Spain on 15 November after the England Under-21 boss Southgate was put in charge of the senior team for four games following the firing of former England manager Big Sam Allardyce after only one match.

Rumor and gossip around the UK is that Southgate may be asked to stay on. With Southgate in charge, England beat Malta 2-0 and drew with Slovenia in World Cup qualifiers. 

Last minute team news and remarks

Asked if he wanted the job on a permanent basis, Southgate replied: "I'm really enjoying being in the role. What happens to me is not important. We have to win this game for the country, and because we want to be top of the group and heading to[the 2018 World Cup in Russia. What happens to me is important to my family, but other than that it isn't the purpose of the game. I want the players to enjoy the football and play well.

"My focus is 100% on the match and it would irresponsible and unprofessional for it to be any other way, added Southgate. “'It's not a normal game.”

Gordon Strachan’s Scotland currently have four points on the board following a win against Malta, a draw with Lithuania and a defeat to Slovakia. A win for Scotland would draw them level on points with England.

Steven Fletcher has trained this week after struggling with an injury earlier. Scott Brown will be available for selection having originally retired from international duty. Charlie Mulgrew joined the Scotland team earlier this week as a late call-up.

Wayne Rooney is set to start and captain the home side, England. Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will start the match.

The match will be Scotland's 49th competitive fixture against England at Wembley. Scotland have beaten England 15 times, losing on 23 occasions.

In their pre-match remarks, Scotland players and supporters are optimistic about Scotland’s chances ahead of the match on Friday.

David Marshall, “Wembley is an incredible stadium and a brilliant place to play. “As a kid I dreamed about playing in this fixture so to potentially do that tomorrow night at Wembley will be special. Having Snoddy with us is a huge boost. He did really well for Hull on Sunday and always makes a massive difference when he’s on form. He’s a quality player.

Barry Bannan, “This is the biggest game of my career. England are a good side but there’s no reason why we can’t get a positive result.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, “Scotland will always do well against England. We’ll be the underdog though and that’s always been the case. Scotland excel at almost everything as Scottish people have such intelligence. When Scotland play England they’ll have such a drive and incentive to do well.”

Alex McLeish, “The feeling, to go and win at Wembley, is akin to winning the World Cup."

David Weir, “I’m looking forward to Scotland winning! I think England will be favorites because they have got really good players playing at probably a better level than the majority of our players. They’ll be favorites but like in any game you’ve always got a chance and I’m sure the Scotland team will be up for it.”

England National Team Tickets

After the match against Scotland, England play Spain in a friendly at Wembley on November 15. Buy legal, authentic, England football tickets to watch the England National team battle Scotland, Spain, and Lithuania.

Scotland National Team Tickets

Buy cheap, legal, authentic Scotland v England tickets to watch the Scotland National Team host England in the second leg of the rival sides’ World Cup 2018 Qualifiers tie on June 10, 2017 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

Wales National Team Tickets

Serbia are top of Group D with seven points from their first three matches, Wales are two points behind in third place having won one and drawn two. Buy Wales v Serbia tickets to support Wales at home as they host Serbia in their World Cup 2018 Qualifiers match at Cardiff City Stadium on November 12..

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Gareth Southgate, Interim England manager, speaks with his players during a training session ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying group F match against Scotland at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent

Scotland Manager Gordon Strachan leads training ahead of match against England

England 3-1 Scotland - 2014 Historic Facts & Photos

Scotland

4-2-3-1

Marshall (Gordon 46), Whittaker, R Martin, Hanley (May 66), Robertson, Maloney (Russell 81), Mulgrew, Brown (D Fletcher 46), Anya (Bannan 61), C Martin 6 (Morrison 46), Naismith 7. 

Subs not used: Bryson, Berra, Dorrans, Greer, Burke, Macleod, Forsyth, Paterson, Gilks.

Goal: Robertson 83. 

Booked: Mulgrew. 

Manager - Gordon Strachan 

England

4-4-2

Forster, Clyne, Cahill (Jagielka 46), Smalling, Shaw (Gibbs 66), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Lambert 80), Milner, Wilshere (Barkley 87), Downing (Lallana 46), Rooney, Welbeck (Sterling 46). 

Subs not used: Foster, Chambers, Henderson, Walcott, Berahino.

Goals: Oxlade-Chamberlain 32, Rooney 47, 85

Manager - Roy Hodgson

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring England's third goal during the match between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring England's third goal during the match between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring goal during the match between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Wayne Rooney scores second goal during the match between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Opposing captains Scott Brown, Scotland and Wayne Rooney, England shake hands before kickoff of International Friendly match between Scotland v England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014.

England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Scotland

Andrew Robertson scores for Scotland

Andrew Robertson scores for Scotland