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England vs Scotland as it happened: Gareth Southgate's side extend lead in the group with 3-0 win

Re-cap the action from England's win over historic rivals Scotland

Mark Critchley
at Wembley
Friday 11 November 2016 16:09
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Sturridge celebrates opening the scoring at Wembley with a flicked header
Sturridge celebrates opening the scoring at Wembley with a flicked header

England take on Scotland in a competitive international for the first time in 17 years at Wembley on Friday night. Gareth Southgate's side go into this World Cup qualifier on top of Group F with seven points from three games, while Gordon Strachan's men sit 4th on four points. The two teams use the occasion to mark Armistice Day by wearing poppies on black armbands, in defiance of Fifa rules which prohibit political, religious or personal statements.

Follow live coverage on our blog below...

Past three-meetings…

Scotland 1 (Robertson) England 3 (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney 2)
Friendly, November 2014

England 3 (Walcott, Welbeck, Lambert) Scotland 2 (Morrison, Miller)
Friendly, August 2013

England 0 Scotland 1 (Hutchison)
Euro 2000 play-off, November 1999

Prediction

Form guide…

England: WDLWWD

Scotland: WLLWDL

Vital information…

Kick-off time: 7:45pm, Friday November 11

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of England vs Scotland.

The build-up to tonight's World Cup qualifier may have been dominated by a debate about poppies but tonight, mercifully, these two historic rivals will finally take to the pitch.

For Gareth Southgate, England's interim manager, a win would all but guarantee that he is offered the job full-time. Whether he takes it is another question.

Victory would be just as important for Gordon Strachan, whose reign with Scotland looks to winding down to an end. It looks increasingly like only three points against the Auld Enemy will be enough to save him.

We'll have regular updates, live from Wembley, from 6.30pm. Stick with us!

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Our chief sports writer, Ian Herbert, went to Gareth Southgate's pre-match press conference yesterday, where he heard how the interim manager is trying to change England's mindset. 

Mark Critchley11 November 2016 17:00
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Why did England fail so miserably at Euro 2016?

We asked the man who beat them...

Mark Critchley11 November 2016 17:15
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Lou Macari remembers a time when Scotland would be favourites going into this encounter.

What's gone wrong north of the border? 

Mark Critchley11 November 2016 17:30
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Terry Butcher summed up how many Englishmen feel watching England earlier this week. 

Mark Critchley11 November 2016 17:45
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Here's Ian Herbert on Scotland's worrying decline. They used to look forward to a day out at Wembley, don't you know...

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Tonight is make or break for Gareth Southgate and his players know it...

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The teams are in...

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Team news

England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose, Dier, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge.

Scotland: Gordon, Anya, Berra, Hanley, Wallace, Brown, Fletcher, Morrison, Forrest, Griffiths, Snodgrass.

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Should Gareth Southgate be given the full-time job?

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