England to face Scotland in glamour friendly

Updated: June 17, 2012
England Training and Press Conference - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012

England will play Scotland at Wembley in August 2013 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the English FA.

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The fixture is the oldest in international football with the neighbors first met back in 1872.  It will be the first time since a Euro 2000 play-off qualifier that the pair have met.  Scotland won 1-0 on the night thanks to a goal from Don Hutchison, though England advanced to Belgium/Netherlands with a 2-1 aggregate win.

The match, to be played on 14th August next year, looks likely to be a sell-out and is the first of a planned series of high profile friendly fixtures which the English FA hopes will mark this important anniversary.

“It will be a huge honour to lead our nation out against our oldest rivals,” said England manager Roy Hodgson.

“For us, England versus Scotland is one of the finest fixtures in international football and I know what this game means to both sets of supporters.”

Scotland boss Craig Levein was similarly enthusiastic about the planned fixture:

“For any Scotland supporter, player or coach, Scotland versus England is the ultimate contest: it really is as good as it gets,” he said.

“I am thrilled that we have reached agreement with The FA to play at Wembley as part of their 150th Anniversary celebrations and I am sure the supporters will be there in their tens of thousands.”

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