Scotland host ‘old foes’ England at Hampden Park this evening in a special, high-profile match that is likely to be just a friendly. The two historic rivals renew hostilities in Glasgow to celebrate the 150th anniversaryTh Anniversary of the very first game in international football and both teams will be confident of a resounding victory.
The Three Lions may not have put in their best performance against Ukraine in Poland on Saturday, but there is hope that the sheer emotion this game evokes will help Gareth Southgate’s side improve their game, even if it is it is a friendly game. Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army have now won all five of their Euro 2024 qualifying games and could even have their place in the tournament confirmed tonight if the results are good.
International football may not whet as much appetite as domestic games these days, but with the last meeting between the two rivals coming at Euro 2020 over two years ago, there is little doubt that it is a huge game. Watch Scotland v England live below, with expert analysis from Hampden’s Dan Kilpatrick.
Southgate: “Ridiculous” that England is experimenting against Scotland
Not just Phil Foden, but many England fans wanted to see Gareth Southgate seriously experiment in several areas of the pitch tonight after his dismal performance against Ukraine in Wroclaw on Saturday – their first minor mistake on an otherwise perfect route to the European Championships 2024 in Germany next summer.
However, the Three Lions boss has strongly rejected such calls, describing the suggestion as “ridiculous” as he expects a really tough and emotional test against an in-form Scottish side in England’s first friendly since facing Ivory Coast and Switzerland at two Wembley Games last March.
“We have to find the right balance between physical freshness – we had one day less preparation – experience, getting to know some players, winning and playing well,” Southgate said on Monday.
“So basically the usual things that are expected of us with England.
“But I think the first thing is that we can’t mess around with the team because we’re playing against a top team who are going at full speed and are giving us a challenge at a really high level.
“So you can’t experiment too much because that would be ridiculous.”
Scotland v England: Three Lions trio who must take their chance to impress in today’s friendly
Gareth Southgate is expected to give a small number of England’s fringe players the chance to impress against Scotland this evening.
With the number of rotations kept to a minimum, those trusted to start at Hampden Park will know the value of the opportunity they will get in this hard-fought friendly.
Here we see a Three Lions trio in need of a good performance…
Southgate rejects Foden’s accusation that England have not yet got the best out of the City star
Gareth Southgate has effectively rubbished Phil Foden’s chances of playing centrally for England, saying Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola doesn’t use him in the middle for good reason.
Foden, who has scored three times in 26 games for England, said he wanted to “adapt and become a midfielder” and there is growing talk that Southgate wants to experiment with the 23-year-old in a deeper role, particularly given doubts over Jordan Henderson’s international future.
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Prediction: Draw in Glasgow
Scotland have more than enough potential to clinch a win in front of their home fans, especially considering how immature England looked at the weekend.
England had to rely on inspiration from Kane to get 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
As for England, Gareth Southgate may want to make a change as the Three Lions were rather lifeless in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine in Wroclaw. The likes of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire could do with a retirement, which would give 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 coming off the bench in Poland.
Scotland team news: No major changes expected
Scotland have been in top form under Steve Clarke, making it five wins in a row in Cyprus on Friday, and will surely want to keep it that way with another win against England. Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay and Billy Gilmour were all set to play.
Where to watch England vs Scotland?
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be broadcast live and free-to-air on Channel 4 on Tuesday, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Live broadcast: Fans can also watch a free live stream online via the Channel 4 website and app.
Live blog: Follow the entire action Standard sportis the dedicated live match blog with expert analysis from Hampden’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick.
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of England’s friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park today.
Kick-off in Glasgow is at 7:45pm BST.
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