Old foes lock horns this evening as England play Scotland for the first time in 14 years, with the international forming part of the FA’s 150 year celebrations.
There are a host of other international friendlies and World Cup Qualifying matches taking place across the continent this evening, including Northern Ireland v Russia.
England v Scotland
Many people see international friendlies as pointless money-making exercises and that point is emphasised even more for this set of matches which take place just three days before the commencement of the Premier League season.
As well as cheering on their respective national sides, many supporters of top level teams will also be following the evening’s matches in the hope that none of their key players will be ruled out of this weekend’s fixtures.
Contrast that to the ‘good old days’ where England used to play Scotland every single year between 1872 and 1989, when international football was held in much higher regard.
However, the last time the two nations met was back in November 1999 and Scotland ran out 1-0 winners that day in the EURO 2000 play-off second leg. However, it was not as good as it seemed as England progressed to the competition as 2-1 aggregate winners.
Fast forward 14 years and Roy Hodgson has almost a full complement of players to choose from tonight, with Michael Carrick and Ashley Young the only absentees from the squad. Carrick has an eye infection which Young has still not recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of Sunday’s Community Shield match.
Hodgson oversaw the England Under-21s 6-0 demolition of their Scottish counterparts at Bramall Lane last night and will be hoping that the full side will pull out a similar performance today.
Scott Brown will captain Gordon Strachan’s Scotland side due absence of usual skipper Darren Fletcher, with defender Gary Caldwell and striker Steven Fletcher also missing out through injury.
You can watch the match live from 8pm on ITV1.
Northern Ireland v Russia
Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualification for next year’s World Cup are all but over, especially if they lose out to second placed Russia in tonight’s Group F match.
Michael O’Neil’s side have only managed three draws and two defeats in their qualifying campaign so far and the boss is still in search of his first win as the national boss since he took over in November 2011.
Bet Victor offer the best odds on a Northern Irish victory at 9/1 with Russia being expected to win. 2/5 with Paddy Power is the best price out there. The match kicks off at 7:45pm and can be seen live on Sky Sports 3.
Wales v Republic of Ireland
Wales host the Republic of Ireland in another international match this evening at the Millenium Stadium, which is live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.
There are plenty more matches covered on TV this evening, with Switzerland v Brazil being shown live on BT Sport 1 whilst ESPN are covering Germany v Paraguay, both from 7:45pm. Finally, British Eurosoprt 2 are showing Bosnia-Herzegovina v USA from 7:30pm.
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