Scotland vs England head to head: How one result could make history

Scotland take on England on Tuesday night in an international friendly that is rarely played like anything other than a major cup final. The match marks the 150th anniversary of the first meeting between the two sides and is set to take place at Hampden Park. The game is scheduled to kick off at 19:45 UK time.

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Scotland’s Lyndon Dykes (centre) and England’s John Stones embrace after the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
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Scotland vs England: The story so far

As this is the 150th anniversary of their first meeting, it’s fair to say that Scotland and England have had their fair share of battles over the years. This will be the 116th match between the two sides and England have enjoyed more wins than Scotland.

  • Scotland wins: 41
  • Draws: 26
  • England wins: 48

Although the overall record is fairly even between the two sides, the recent trends are heavily weighted towards England. In the last ten meetings, England have come out on top in seven of them while Scotland have just one win over the Three Lions since 1985 and none at all since the turn of the century.

History in the making

If the match finishes in a draw at Hampden Park on Tuesday night then it will be the first time in history that there have been three consecutive draws in matches between England and Scotland. The previous two fixtures finished 2-2 and 0-0 respectively.

Scotland vs England: Last five H2H matches

England 0-0 Scotland

The most recent meeting between the two sides came at Euro 2020 when they were both drawn in the same group as each other. The match, which was played at Wembley Stadium, saw Scotland frustrate England over the course of the 90 minutes to earn themselves a well-deserved point. England would go on to reach the final of the tournament while Scotland were knocked out in the group stages.

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England’s Marcus Rashford (left) and Scotland’s Grant Hanley battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
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Scotland 2-2 England

Prior to their meeting at the Euros, England and Scotland faced each other at Hampden Park in a thrilling World Cup qualifier. England looked as if they were cruising to a 1-0 victory before Leigh Griffiths scored two goals in three minutes in the latter stages of the match. Harry Kane then popped up in third minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for the visitors.

England 3-0 Scotland

England’s last home victory over Scotland came in 2016 in the early stages of qualification for the 2018 World Cup. On the night, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill all got goals for the Three Lions which helped secure Gareth Southgate the permanent positions of England manager.

Scotland 1-3 England

England’s 3-1 win away to Scotland in 2014 may have been a friendly but it was played in a ferocious atmosphere at Hampden Park. The game saw Wayne Rooney edge closer to the England goalscoring record with two goals and also saw a certain Andy Robertson announce himself on the big stage.

England 3-2 Scotland

England’s 3-2 victory over Scotland in 2013 was the first time that the two nations had met since 1999 and it lived up to the billing. Scotland led twice but were pegged back by Roy Hodgson’s England with Rickie Lambert scoring his first international goal with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

Iconic moment

Gascoigne’s screamer at Euro 96

The most memorable moment between England and Scotland came during the group stages of Euro 96. Paul Gascoigne flicked the ball over a few Scottish heads before rifling a volley into the back of the net to send the home crowd wild. The celebration wasn’t bad, either.

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Scotland vs England head to head: Fighting talk

Scotland boss, Steve Clarke, has suggested that this encounter will be a good indicator of just how far his side has come in recent times. He told reporters:

“In my lifetime, England have moved a bit in front of Scotland. We are trying to close the gap on them and we’ll find out on Tuesday how much we’ve closed that gap.”

Meanwhile, England manager, Gareth Southgate, is very wary of the challenge of Scotland and has admitted he isn’t keen on the idea of changing his team too much. He said:

“I think the first thing is we can’t fiddle around with the team because we’re playing a top-level side, who are going to be at full tilt and giving us a really high-level challenge.”

Final prediction

With momentum behind them after some fantastic recent wins, in addition to a packed Hampden Park, we are predicting a narrow victory for Scotland. England looked sloppy against Ukraine and will come into this one relatively fragile.

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