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963 vs. Scotland
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Vauxhall International Challenge match

Scotland 1 England 3 [0-1]

Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow
Kick-off (GMT): 8.03pm
Attendance: 55,000.

94 minutes 46:00 & 48:00 England kicked-off
  [0-1] Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain header 32 31:34
glancing header from near the penalty spot from a Jack Wilshere 40-yard thro ball

[1-2] Andy Robertson 83 82:38
6-yard right-footed shot after running into the area and played a return with Jon Russell
[0-2] Wayne Rooney header 47 46:33
 header from 8 yards after Robertson failed to clear Wilshere's 20 yard shot

[1-3] Wayne Rooney 85 84:16
7-yard right-footed shot from an Adam Lallana cut-back from the goalline
Charlie Mulgrew 46 45:39  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend
Commentator: Martin Tyler with David Provan (on Sky Sports' One HD & Five HD)

Match Summary

Officials from Sweden

Scotland Squad


England Squad
Referee (red) - Jonas Eriksson
40 (28 March 1974), Luleá, FIFA listed 2002.

Assistant Referees - Mathias Klasenius, 39 (28 April 1975) and Daniel Warnmark, 39 (30 December 1974).
Fourth official - Jan Michael Lerjeus, 41 (18 June 1973), Skovde.

One minute applause preceded the match for the Scottish fan, Nathan McSeveney, that died in Scotland's previous match last week.

8 Goal Attempts 10
2 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 3
1 Offside Calls Against 0
9 Fouls Conceded 15
53% Possession 47%

Scotland Team



FIFA (23 October 2014) 37th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 27th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy v-necked jerseys with white Adidas sleeve trim and tartan cuffs/side panel, navy shorts with white Adidas side trim and tartan hem, deep red socks with white Adidas trim on blue band.
Capt: Scott Brown, first half
Darren Fletcher, second half
Manager: Gordon David Strachan, 57 (9 February 1957), appointed manager 15 January 2013
17th match, W 8 - D 3 - L 6 - F 19 - A 19.
Scotland Lineup
1 Marshall, David J., off 46th min. 29
258 days
5 March 1985 G Cardiff City FC, England 16 24ᵍᵃ
2 Whittaker, Steven G. 30
155 days
16 June 1984 RB Norwich City FC, England 28 0
3 Robertson, Andrew 20
252 days
11 March 1994 LB Hull City AFC, England 5 1
4 Martin, Russell K.A. 28
318 days
4 January 1986
in Brighton, England
CD Norwich City FC, England 16 0
5 Hanley, Grant C., off 66th min. 22
363 days
20 November 1991 CD Blackburn Rovers FC, England 17 1
6 Maloney, Shaun R. 31
298 days
24 January 1983
in Miri, Malaysia
RM Wigan Athletic FC, England 37 4
7 Mulgrew, Charles P. 28
257 days
6 March 1986 CM The Celtic FC
46th min. for a cynical forearm smash on Chamberlain. The free-kick led to 2nd goal.
8 Brown, Scott, off 46th min. 29
146 days
25 June 1985 CM The Celtic FC 42 4
9 Martin, Christopher H., off 46th min. 26
14 days
4 November 1988
in Beccles, England
LF Derby County FC, England 5 0
10 Naismith, Steven J. 28
65 days
14 September 1986 RF Everton FC, England 34 4
11 Anya, Ikechi, off 61st min. 26
319 days
3 January 1988 LM Watford FC, England 11 2
Scotland Substitutes
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 1
19 Fletcher, Darren B., on 46th min. for Brown 30
290 days
1 February 1984 CM Manchester United FC, England 66 5
15 Morrison, James C., on 46th min. for C. Martin 28
177 days
25 May 1986
in Darlington, England
LF West Bromwich Albion FC, England 35 3
12 Gordon, Craig A., on 46th min. for Marshall 31
322 days
31 December 1982 G The Celtic FC 41 35ᵍᵃ
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 2
16 Bannan, Barry R., on 61st min (60:16) for Anya 24
352 days
1 December 1989 LM Crystal Palace FC, England 19 0
23 May, Steven, on 66th min. (65:47) for Hanley 22
7 days
3 November 1992 CF Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 1 0
22 Russell, Jonathan, on 81st min. (80:48) for Maloney 24
224 days
8 April 1990 RF Derby County FC, England 1 0
result: Scotland 1 England 3
unused substitutes: 13-Craig Bryson, 14-Christophe Barra, 17-Graham Dorrans, 18-Gordon Greer, 20-Chris Burke, 21-Matt Gilks, 24-Lewis MacLeod, 25-Craig Forsyth, 26-Callum Peterson.
Manager Gordon Strachan playedfor Scotland four times against England, in 1980 and 1983-85.
4-4-2 Marshall (Gordon) -
R.Martin, Hanley (May), Robertson -
(Russell), Mulgrew, Brown (Fletcher), Anya (Bannan) -
C.Martin (Morrison)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 224 days Appearances/Goals 20.6 1.5


England Team



FIFA (23 October 2014) 20th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 10th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney
(eighth (22) captaincy (8))
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
37th match, W 21 - D 11 - L 5 - F 73 - A 29.
England Lineup
1 Forster, Fraser G. 26
246 days
17 March 1988 G Southampton FC 3 3ᵍᵃ
the 33rd Southampton player to represent England
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 23
227 days
5 April 1991 RB Southampton FC 2 0
3 Shaw, Luke P.H., off 66th min. 19
129 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 4 0
the 64th United player to represent England
4 Milner, James P. 28
318 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 53 1
5 Cahill, Gary J., off 46th min. 28
334 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 33 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 24
361 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 15 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 87th min. 22
321 days
1 January 1992 CM Arsenal FC 26 0
8 Downing, Stewart, off 46th min. 30
119 days
22 July 1984 LM West Ham United FC 35 0
the 40th United player to represent England final app 2005-14
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 66th min. 23
357 days
26 November 1990 LF Arsenal FC 32 13
Rooney, Wayne M. 29
25 days
24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 101  45
youngest to 45 gls
11 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 80th min 21
95 days
15 August 1993 RF Arsenal FC 20 4
the 166th player to reach the 20-app milestone
England Substitutes
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 1
16 Jagielka, Philip N., on 46th min. for Cahill 32
93 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 34 27 3 1
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 46th min. for Downing 26
192 days
10 May 1988 M Liverpool FC 13 7 0
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 2
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 66th min. (65:33) for Welbeck 19
345 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
M Liverpool FC 13 8 0
17 Gibbs, Kieran J.R., on 66th min. (65:38) for Shaw 25
53 days
26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 6 3 0
18 Lambert, Rickie L., on 80th min. (79:22) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 32
275 days
16 February 1982 F Liverpool FC 11 3 3
final app 2013-14
scoreline: Scotland 1 England 3
21 Barkley, Ross, on 87th min. (86:33) for Wilshere 20
348 days
5 December 1993 M Everton FC 10 2 0
result: Scotland 1 England 3
unused substitutes: 12-Calum Chambers, 13-Ben Foster, 14-Jordan Henderson, 15-Theo Walcott, 22-Saido Berahino.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England against Scotland in 1984
records: Rooney becomes only the third player to score 45 goals, taking 11 years and 73 days to do so. He is also the 38th different England player to score more than once against Scotland.
England equal their bester start to a season, six wins out of six.
Coach Roy Hodgson had managed Switzerland against Scotland in the World Cup qualification matches on September 1992 and September 1993 (3-1 and 1-1).
4-3-3 Forster -
Clyne, Cahill
(Jagielka), Smalling, Shaw (Gibbs) -
Milner, Wilshere
(Barkley), Downing (Lallana) -
(Lambert), Rooney, Welbeck (Sterling).
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 165 days Appearances/Goals 29.5 5.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

A superb atmosphere greeted the two teams for this prestige 'friendly' match between two old enemies.  From an England perspective it turned out to be a wonderful night of football.  Right from the start they were on the front foot and after three minutes Gary Cahill had a clear header from a corner, but could only put it wide.  It set the tone though, for the rest of the match.

England had their best start for ages and they were confidently passing the ball around with Jack Wilshere very much the hub of the midfield.  Only five minutes had passed when Danny Welbeck saw his shot saved.  Then Wilshere so nearly put Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in as England kept up the pressure.  At the other end a lapse of concentration at a corner almost let in Steven Whittaker, but his shot was blocked by Cahill.  With 25 minutes gone England were very much in control, as good passing, plenty of possession and a willingness to win the ball back when they lost it all contributed to a very dominant opening quarter.  It was certainly a blood and thunder game, so typical of this fixture, and credit to the referee for allowing the play to flow despite some crunching challenges.

Wilshere tried a couple of long passes, which almost came off and then, on 32 minutes, came a superb goal from England.  James Milner found Wilshere on the left and this time his long pass was perfectly flighted for the onrushing Oxlade-Chamberlain to deftly head wide of David Marshall leaving the goalkeeper helpless. 

England were cock-a-hoop and another splendid move almost set up the lively Welbeck, only for him to lose control of the ball at the vital moment.  At the other end Scotland probed, but didn't test Fraser Forster once as the goalkeeper enjoyed his visit to his old stamping ground.  With Cahill and the very impressive Chris Smalling totally dominant in the middle and the two full-backs confident on the ball in both attack and defence it was always going to be difficult for the Scots to make any headway.  One shot by Shaun Maloney was high, wide and not so handsome, and that was one of their better chances.  A Scotland corner almost led to another England goal as the visitors broke swiftly, and all in all it was a terrific half for England who thoroughly deserved their lead at the break.  Scotland reached half-time struggling to cope with the extra class on show from those 'pesky Southerners'.

Several substitutions were made at half-time with Adam Lallana coming on for the disappointing Stewart Downing, and Phil Jagielka replacing Cahill for England, whilst Scotland brought on Darren Fletcher, James Morrison and goalkeeper Craig Gordon.  For the latter it was soon a nightmare scenario as England scored with virtually their first attack of the half.  Oxlade-Chamberlain was cynically taken out by Charlie Mulgrew as the Arsenal winger broke clear.  The Scot was lucky to only see yellow for that foul.  But England made him pay in a much better way.  Milner's free-kick, was half cleared by Fletcher, only for Wilshere to fire the ball back across goal, the ball bounced off Andy Robertson, straight towards Wayne Rooney who quickly reacted and guided a lovely header past the unfortunate Gordon.  Just the start to the half that England wanted, but the last thing the Scots wanted to see.

Scotland tried to come back and won a corner on 51 minutes.  Martin Russell sent a looping header towards goal but Forster easily tipped the ball over for his first meaningful contribution to the game.  England pressed again and Rooney's dangerous low cross into the box was gathered by Gordon.  Milner then teed up Rooney again and the England skipper was working his socks off, his workrate was phenomenal.  This time though his shot was easily saved.  On 57 minutes an England corner saw a header from Smalling go wide, he might have done better with that effort, but as the game wore on Rooney's contribution was outstanding and his pressing and harrying led by example.  It was without doubt one of his best games for his country.

Scotland made more substitutions but to no avail really as by this time England had almost total control.  On 64 minutes Rooney had another shot, before Luke Shaw went off to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs.  Shaw had played well but had taken a bit of a battering from some of the Scottish challenges, but he kept his cool and it was a great learning curve for him in this hostile environment.  On the other side Nathaniel Clyne had a marvellous game and to be honest the right-back berth can be solved for years if he keeps up this form.  Raheem Sterling came on for Welbeck, who had certainly given the Scots defence a tough time with his willing running and powerful play.  One of the most pleasing features of England's performance was their willingness to win the ball back quickly when possession was lost.  Both Wilshere and Smalling had their best games in an England shirt and as the time slipped away for the Scots it appeared to be an easy win for England.

But with just seven minutes to go Scotland put the cat amongst the pigeons by somehow creating a decent chance and scoring from it.  The goal stemmed from Andy Robertson, who surged forward at pace played a one-two and neatly slotted the ball past Forster at his near post.  It was the first time the England defenders had lost concentration and it almost proved disastrous.  But within two minutes the two goal advantage had deservedly been restored by a fabulous third goal.  Lovely one touch play on the right involving Milner, substitute Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana ended with Milner finding Lallana, and from his pull back across goal, there was Rooney to sweep the ball into the net for his 46th [ed:45th] England goal.  No wonder he did a cartwheel in celebration!

And that was it really, as England saw out the remaining minutes with ease and a most impressive win was under their belts.  Some fine performances by all the players, with Milner and Wilshere dominating the midfield and Rooney giving a man-of-the-match display.

Over recent internationals I have not enjoyed writing the England reports so much, even though they have been winning, but this one was a little bit special.  Not only was it an excellent all round performance, but we beat the Scots in their own backyard.  It doesn't get much better than that.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor