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.
- Gareth Southgate encouraging confidence, not arrogance, ahead of his date with destiny
- 'Freer' Wayne Rooney to be restored to Southgate's starting line-up
- Why Jack Wilshere and Rooney have to start at Wembley, according to Ray Wilkins
- Fifa says it has not banned poppies and any claims that it has are a 'distortion of the truth'
- England players called his agent at Euro 2016 to 'get me out of this'
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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
Kick-off time: 7:45pm, Friday November 11
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!
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.
Why did England fail so miserably at Euro 2016?
We asked the man who beat them...
Lou Macari remembers a time when Scotland would be favourites going into this encounter.
What's gone wrong north of the border?
Terry Butcher summed up how many Englishmen feel watching England earlier this week.
Here's Ian Herbert on Scotland's worrying decline. They used to look forward to a day out at Wembley, don't you know...
Tonight is make or break for Gareth Southgate and his players know it...
The teams are in...
England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose, Dier, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge.
Scotland: Gordon, Anya, Berra, Hanley, Wallace, Brown, Fletcher, Morrison, Forrest, Griffiths, Snodgrass.
Should Gareth Southgate be given the full-time job?
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