With Scotland a massive 29/4 to win as the ‘Auld Enemies’ prepare to renew their rivalry at Wembley on Wednesday, we’ve trawled through the archives to bring you some memorable clashes between them down the years.
World Cup winners humbled at Wembley – Wembley – 1967
After claiming the Jules Rimet trophy the previous summer and going unbeaten since, England were brought back to earth with a bang in this European Championship qualifier, as goals from Denis Law, Bobby Lennox and Jim McCalliog secured the win in Bobby Brown’s first game in charge of Scotland. Jack Charlton – who played much of the game with a broken toe – and Geoff Hurst pulled a couple back for Alf Ramsey’s side, but it wasn’t enough as Scotland crowned themselves unofficial world champions.
Pitch invaded as Scotland land the spoils – Wembley – 1977
Mick Channon’s late penalty consolation for England could not dampen the Tartan Army’s mood, as goals from Gordon McQueen and Kenny Dalglish gave a strong Scotland side the win in this Home Internationals fixture, sparking an over-exuberant pitch invasion which famously resulted in a set of goalposts being broken beyond all repair.
England too strong in last Rous Cup final – Hampden Park – 1989
Wolverhampton Wanderers stalwart Steve Bull made it 2-0 after Chris Waddle’s opener in this Rous Cup fixture – a competition between the two sides and a guest South American country that replaced the Home Internationals, after they were scrapped in 1984. This was the last year the competition was staged, as the annual fixture was itself discontinued by the mutual consent of both associations, due to increased concerns about crowd trouble.
Magic Gazza makes McAllister rue penalty miss – Wembley – 1996
Paul Gascoigne’s finest moment in the white of England came after Gary McAllister’s failed attempt to get the scores level from the penalty spot, following Alan Shearer’s headed opener in this Euro 96 clash. Gazza’s miraculously controlled chip-and-finish brought back memories of a 17-year-old Pele v Sweden in 1958 and was voted the second best England goal of all time by Three Lions fans this year.
Super Scholes sends England through – Hampden Park – 1999
A Paul Scholes brace put Kevin Keegan’s England into pole position in the first leg of this European Championship play-off, silencing the Hampden roar with a well-taken finish from Sol Campbell’s long pass and a powerful header from a David Beckham free-kick, both before half time. Don Hutchinson scored the only goal as Craig Brown’s side took the return leg 1-0, but it was not enough as England went through to the finals in Belgium and Holland 2-1 on aggregate.