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150th anniversary of the Derby: England to face Scotland

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England boss Southgate has described the chance of winning Tuesday’s match as an “old-fashioned statement”.

Skippers Harry Kane and Andy Robertson Visit Historic West of Scotland Cricket Field:

Harry Kane and Andy Robertson, captains of their respective national teams, paid a visit to the West of Scotland Cricket field, a place steeped in football history as the venue for the first derby game between Scotland and England in 1872.

150 Years of Football Heritage:

This fixture holds the distinction of being the oldest in international football, and the upcoming clash between Scotland and England is set to be a match filled with intrigue, coming 150 years after their initial encounter.

Uncertain Contest at Hampden Park:

Throughout their long and intertwined history, the gap in performance between the two sides has fluctuated. As they prepare to meet at Hampden Park, the outcome of this heritage match remains uncertain.

Recalling the Last Encounter:

The previous meeting between these teams ended in a goalless draw at Wembley during Euro 2020. England, under the leadership of Gareth Southgate, seems well on track for the next tournament despite being held to a draw by Ukraine over the weekend.

High Stakes for Scotland:

For Steve Clarke’s Scotland, their remarkable five consecutive wins in qualifiers have put them on the cusp of securing a spot in Euro 2024. Many fans are eager to see if they can secure their first victory over their historic rivals, England, in the 21st century.

A Test of Progress:

Steve Clarke, Scotland’s manager, views Tuesday’s friendly against England as a vital gauge of his team’s development. He acknowledged that in his lifetime, England has pulled ahead of Scotland, but he is committed to closing the gap.

“We are trying to close the gap on them, and we’ll find out on Tuesday how much we’ve closed that gap,” Clarke remarked.

Expectations for a Competitive Friendly:

Clarke anticipates a “competitive friendly if you can have such a thing” at Hampden Park. The match is expected to be particularly intense because it will feature players from the same club facing off on the international stage.

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