In 145 years of competition, England have never been more dominant in their football rivalry with Scotland as they are now, a Sky Sports study has found.
The historic rivals will meet for the 114th time since 1872 in a Group F World Cup Qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 from 4pm.
Scotland vs England
June 10, 2017, 4:00pm
England have won 48 of their previous 113 clashes, while Scotland have claimed 41 victories – but England are currently stronger than ever in head to heads, winning 13 of the last 18 meetings.
The Three Lions defeated Scotland 3-0 in their last World Cup Qualifier at Wembley in November, with Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill scoring the goals.
England also won at Celtic Park in November 2014, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opening the scoring and Wayne Rooney’s second-half double securing a 3-1 victory.
Scotland won a Euro 2000 play-off dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’ in November 1999, 1-0 – but England progressed to the tournament on aggregate after winning 2-0 in the first leg four days earlier.
Prior to that, Paul Gascoigne scored a memorable goal against Scotland after David Seaman had saved Gary McAllister’s penalty at Euro ’96 to ensure a 2-0 victory.
Period of Scotland domination
Scotland generally had the better of their fixtures with England up to 1939 – apart from brief spells in the late 19th century and early 1900s.
In fact, Scotland enjoyed their greatest ever dominance between the teams during the 1880s. However, Scotland have only won 12 out of 49 meetings since 1947.
Record games and goalscorers
The all-time top goalscorer from head to heads appears to be Steve Bloomer, who played for England between 1895 and 1907 and scored eight goals.
Familiar names in the top 20 include England’s Geoff Hurst (four), England’s Jimmy Greaves (four), Scotland’s Denis Law (three) and England’s Steve Coppell (three).
The highest-scoring match between the teams also featured the biggest winning margin, when England won 9-3 at Wembley in the British Championships on April 15, 1961.
Scenes from the first ever recorded International football match, which was played between England and Scotland and ended 0-0 on November 30, 1872 in Partick, Glasgow.
England currently lead World Cup 2018 Qualifying Group F on 13 points, having beaten Slovakia 1-0 during Sam Allardyce’s only game in charge before a 2-0 win over Malta, drawing 0-0 in Slovenia, defeating Scotland 3-0 and beating Lithuania 2-0 under Gareth Southgate.
Meanwhile, Scotland kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 5-1 win in Malta, but a 1-1 draw with Lithuania, a 3-0 defeat to Slovakia, defeat at Wembley and a 1-0 win over Slovenia has left them fourth in the table on seven points.