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History of Eng-Scot football rivalry

History of Eng-Scot football rivalry

Last Updated: 10/06/17 7:00am

History of Eng-Scot football rivalry

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.

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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.

England are currently enjoying their strongest ever period of dominance over Scotland

England are currently enjoying their strongest ever period of dominance over Scotland

England are currently enjoying their strongest ever period of dominance over Scotland

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.

Adam Lallana scored during England's 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in November 2016

Adam Lallana scored during England's 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in November 2016

Adam Lallana scored during England’s 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in November 2016

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.

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring England's second goal against Scotland in November 2014

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring England's second goal against Scotland in November 2014

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring England’s second goal against Scotland in November 2014

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.

Don Hutchison celebrates his 39th-minute winner for Scotland during the Euro 2000 play-off second leg

Don Hutchison celebrates his 39th-minute winner for Scotland during the Euro 2000 play-off second leg

Don Hutchison celebrates his 39th-minute winner for Scotland during the Euro 2000 play-off second leg

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.

Paul Gascoigne celebrates his stunning goal against Scotland at Euro '96

Paul Gascoigne celebrates his stunning goal against Scotland at Euro '96

Paul Gascoigne celebrates his stunning goal against Scotland at Euro ’96

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.

A section of the wooden terracing collapsed during a Scotland v England match at Ibrox Park in April 1902, tragically killing 25 people and injuring 517

A section of the wooden terracing collapsed during a Scotland v England match at Ibrox Park in April 1902, tragically killing 25 people and injuring 517

A section of the wooden terracing collapsed during a Scotland v England match at Ibrox Park in April 1902, tragically killing 25 people and injuring 517

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.

History of Eng-Scot football rivalry

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.




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