The return of the oldest rivalry: The best of England v Scotland

England At Wembley

At one time a Scotland-England game would have been a regular occurrence on the football calendar, however the two great rivals haven't met this century it was a Euro 2000 playoff tie at Wembley in November 1999.

There have been many attempts to restart the home nation games but now, in the FA's 150th year the two old foes resume their rivalry at the new Wembley Stadium tonight.

The Scotland senior team will hope to do better than their under-21 counterparts who lost 6-0 to England's youngsters at Bramalll Lane last night. So to get you in the mood for tonights contest we've picked out a few of the best encounters from down the years.

England 2 Scotland 3 Wembley, April 15, 1967

England came into the match as World Champions but Scotland didn't take a blind bit of notice as they notched perhaps their greatest ever win against the English. This England were on a run of 19 games without defeat and goals from Geoff Hurst and Jack Charlton were not enough to overcome the Scots. The great Dennis Law struck early and late goals from Bobby Lennox and Jim McCalliog sealed this famous victory.

England 1 Scotland 2, Wembley, June 4, 1977

Another famous Scotland win but probably more memorable for what happened after the game. The Tartan Army were so pleased with the victory that when the final whistle they invaded the pitch, tore up bits of the Wembley turf and broke the goalposts. Goals from Gordon McQueen and Kenny Dalglish gave them the victory, they held on despite a late consolation goal from England. Another embarrassing loss at home for an English team who couldn't quite deal with the talent of Kenny Dalglish.

England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley, June 15, 1996

We all remember 'that' Paul Gascoigne goal, kids across the nation were attempting that piece of skill in their back gardens. Obviously England were hosting the tournament and when the two teams were drawn in the same group together it was one match you could not afford to miss. Alan Shearer put the home side ahead but Scotland had the chance to get back on level terms only for Gary McAllister to see his spot kick saved by David Seaman. The stage was left for Gascoigne to make them pay, scoring a wonderful goal after flicking the ball over Colin Hendry and volleying home past a helpless Andy Goram, an even more memorable celebration followed.

Euro 2000 playoff tie – England won 2-1 on aggregate

This remains the final time these two sides played each other and it was expected to be a comfortable victory for England, although once again Scotland tried to play spoiler. After losing the first leg 2-0 at Hampden Park the Scots knew that they had to do something special in the return leg at Wembley. They pulled of a shock result and got the victory but it was only by a score of 1-0 falling agonisingly short of taking the tie to extra time. This gave England qualification for Euro 2000, they didn't do much with it though as they failed to progress through the group stage in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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