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Classic England v Scotland encounters

Published: Monday 12 August 2013, 13.28CET
As England and Scotland prepare to meet for the first time in 14 years on Wednesday, looks back at some classic matches between football's oldest rivals.
by Alex O'Henley
from Glasgow
Classic England v Scotland encounters
Paul Scholes heads against Scotland at Hampden Park in 1999 ©Getty Images

Published: Monday 12 August 2013, 13.28CET

Classic England v Scotland encounters

As England and Scotland prepare to meet for the first time in 14 years on Wednesday, looks back at some classic matches between football's oldest rivals.

Fourteen years after their last encounter, the oldest international rivals in football meet again on Wednesday when England host Scotland at Wembley Stadium as part of the Football Association's (FA) 150th anniversary celebrations. picks out some of the classic games between the pair, including their last match in 1999, a EURO '96 epic and a comprehensive Scotland victory 85 years ago.

UEFA EURO 2000 play-off – England won 2-1 on aggregate
13&17 November 1999
Scotland 0-2 England
England 0-1 Scotland
This qualifying play-off was the last time the sides met and Paul Scholes got England off to the perfect start in the Hampden Park first leg. The Manchester United FC midfielder scored twice in the first half as Kevin Keegan's charges gained the upper hand with a 2-0 win. Scotland travelled south as underdogs four days later but a Don Hutchinson header six minutes before half-time gave the visitors hope.

Craig Brown's team pushed for a second to take the tie into extra time and came incredibly close to doing so, only for a great David Seaman save to deny Christian Dailly and Scotland. "It was my last match for Scotland and I walked off hearing the Tartan Army sing," said John Collins, Scotland's playmaker that night. "When I close my eyes and think back to beating the English, it's a good memory."

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Paul Gascoigne celebrates his goal against Scotland at EURO '96

EURO '96 group stage
15 June 1996
Scotland 0-2 England
This match-up at EURO '96 in England was the last time the nations locked horns at a major tournament – with the hosts clinching a Wembley victory on their way to topping Group A and setting up a quarter-final against Spain. Alan Shearer's header put England on their way eight minutes into the second half and, after Seaman had repelled Gary McAllister's penalty, Paul Gascoigne scored one of the most memorable goals in this fixture.

The former Newcastle United FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, SS Lazio, Rangers FC and Everton FC midfielder latched onto Darren Anderton's pass, lifted the ball over Colin Hendry's head and volleyed it first time into the bottom left-hand corner to secure the points for Terry Venables' men.

1968 UEFA European Championship qualifier
11 April 1967
England 2-3 Scotland
When the 1966 FIFA World Cup winners took on Scotland at Wembley, they had not lost a game since their triumph over West Germany the previous summer – but the run ended as goals from Denis Law, Bobby Lennox and Jim McCalliog sealed a memorable success. The match will always be remembered for Jim Baxter's 'keepy-uppy' run which illustrated Scotland's superiority on the day and was the main talking point after the match.

Journalist Glyn Edwards wrote: "I shall cherish for a long time the memory of Baxter slowing the game down to almost walking pace, insolently juggling the ball with instep, forehead and knees while [Nobby] Stiles, no more than a couple of yards away, bobbed up and down unsure whether to make his challenge at ground or head level."

Captain John Greig added: "It was a lifetime ambition of mine to play at Wembley, so to go there as captain in 1967 and win the game as well was fantastic. Unofficially, we became world champions and I think it's fair to say that's as close as Scotland will ever get."

1928 British home championship
31 March 1928
England 1-5 Scotland
Arguably Scotland's greatest Wembley moment was their first victory in 1928 when the 'Wembley Wizards' ran out 5-1 winners. Alex Jackson scored his country's only ever hat-trick at the ground, with Alex James getting the other two in the Scots' biggest and most comprehensive success at the north London venue. "We could have had ten," said James afterwards, although that team was never chosen to play for Scotland again.

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