World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group F
  • 2nd Half
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Rooney
  • SnodgrassRitchie
  • AnyaPaterson
  • SturridgeVardy
  • MorrisonMcArthur
  • Cahill
  • Cahill
  • Griffiths
  • Lallana
  • 1st Half
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Sturridge

England - Scotland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 11 November 2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA – Follow the Football match between England and Scotland live with Eurosport. The match starts at 19:45 on 11 November 2016. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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  • End of 2nd Half

FT: England 3-0 Scotland. A trio of headers from Sturridge, Lallana and Cahill keep England top of Group F and bolster Southgate's bid for the full-time job. Scotland missed some big chances at important moments in the game and their World Cup hopes now look slim while Strachan's position will come under further scrutiny.


Griffiths shoots from a long range free kick... But it's well wide.

  • Wayne Rooney
    Yellow cardWayne RooneyEnglandRooney booked.

Rooney booked.


Two minutes added. It's all about the result. Scotland played well for long spells but paid the price for missing big chances.


Lallana crosses towards Rooney. It's well defended and the keeper comes off his line to pluck it out of the air.


'God save the Queen' reverberating around the ground now.


Ole football now. England knocking it around at the back.


Scotland going through the motions here. England could have another goal in them to seal the visitors' misery.


England face Spain in a friendly next week. On paper, that should be the real test of Southgate and co, but when it's not competitive it's never the case.


Pinball in the Scotland area... But it won't fall for Sterling and the visitors survive.

  • Matt Ritchie
    OffRobert SnodgrassScotlandSCOTLAND CHANGE: Ritchie on for Snodgrass.
  • Matt Ritchie
    OnMatt RitchieScotland

SCOTLAND CHANGE: Ritchie on for Snodgrass.


Rooney dummies and Dier thumps into the wall and out for a corner.


Sterling fouled 35 yards out. Dier over it.

  • Callum Paterson
    OffIkechi AnyaScotlandSCOTLAND CHANGE: Paterson on for the injured Anya.
  • Callum Paterson
    OnCallum PatersonScotland

SCOTLAND CHANGE: Paterson on for the injured Anya.


A brief delay as Anya receives some treatment following another testing England attack.


England over doing it a bit. Sterling complicates it several times in and around the area. The winger gets another chance in the box and tries a slide rule pass towards Vardy but it rolls out of play. Eye of the needle stuff. Unnecessary.


A real change in this match since that second goal. England cruising, Scotland ready for the whistle.

England's defender Gary Cahill (L) celebrates with striker Wayne Rooney
  • Jamie Vardy
    OffDaniel SturridgeEnglandENGLAND CHANGE: Vardy on for Sturridge.
  • Jamie Vardy
    OnJamie VardyEngland

ENGLAND CHANGE: Vardy on for Sturridge.




Snodgrass with a free kick on the right. This time his delivery is lacking and Rose nods it away as the first man.


What a miss! Henderson exchanges a neat one-two with Lallana down the right and the Liverpool skipper teases a sublime ball to the back post for Sterling. It's a simple tap-in from four yards out but the Man City man somehow skies it over the bar!


Tend to agree with this on both counts.


More goals for England? Or can Scotland reduce the arrears?


VIDEO: Classic Cahill.


Dier crosses into the Scotland area. Alarm bells ring naturally, but this time the away side clear their lines.

  • James McArthur
    OffJames MorrisonScotlandSCOTLAND CHANGE: McArthur on for Morrison.
  • James McArthur
    OnJames McArthurScotland

SCOTLAND CHANGE: McArthur on for Morrison.


Everyone loves an updated stat, so here you go...


England fans goading their Scottish counterparts now. They just look on glumly.


Gareth standing tall in football's Game of Thrones.


Heads, you win.


It was a good delivery from the skipper.

  • Gary Cahill
    GoalGary CahillEnglandGOAL! It's three! Cahill thumps a header from Rooney's left-wing set piece into the far corner.

GOAL! It's three! Cahill thumps a header from Rooney's left-wing set piece into the far corner.


Lallana sees a 20 yarder blocked.

England's midfielder Adam Lallana (R) celebrates with England's striker Wayne Rooney after scoring their second goal during a World Cup 2018 qualification match between England and Scotland

England can thank the Klopp effect for that.


VIDEO: Lallana's classy header.


A Scotland free kick is headed to Griffiths 25 yards out, but the Celtic striker's volley flashes over the top.

  • Gary Cahill
    Yellow cardGary CahillEnglandCahill booked. That means he'll miss the next qualifier at home to Lithuania in March.

Cahill booked. That means he'll miss the next qualifier at home to Lithuania in March.

  • Leigh Griffiths
    Yellow cardLeigh GriffithsScotlandGriffiths booked for a late lunge on Rose.

Griffiths booked for a late lunge on Rose.


A rather damning verdict.


Made on Merseyside.


Morrison with another sight of goal for the away side but his effort is straight at Hart.


Nod of approval.


It's all about finishing.


Frustration clear for Scotland as Brown lunges into a late tackle.

  • Adam Lallana
    GoalAdam LallanaEnglandGOAL! It's 2-0. Lallana extends the home side's lead with a controlled downward header from Rose's lovely cross. England punishing the visitors for missed chances as Snodgrass had seen another gilt-edged opening blocked by Stones seconds earlier.

GOAL! It's 2-0. Lallana extends the home side's lead with a controlled downward header from Rose's lovely cross. England punishing the visitors for missed chances as Snodgrass had seen another gilt-edged opening blocked by Stones seconds earlier.


Another great chance for the visitors. England are caught out down the left and when it's cut back to the edge of the box for Forrest, he shimmies past his man but drags a low shot wide of Hart's left-hand post.


Southgate and Strachan both featured in this fixture as players too. The England boss won one and lost one of two matches at Wembley. Strachan played in four encounters clocking up a win and a draw as well as two defeats.


Anya with a moment of misfortune. The Scotland right back motors forward but as he looks to cross he knocks it onto his other foot and ends up slicing it horribly behind. It's greeted by huge cheers from the England fans.

  • 2nd Half

KICK OFF! England restart the contest.

  • End of 1st Half

HT: England 1-0 Scotland. Daniel Sturridge's smart header from Walker's cross is all that separates the teams after a largely forgettable first 45 at Wembley.


Walker wins a crunching 50-50 with Wallace. The type of challenge the crowd would have been hoping for from the off.


Take out the goal and it's been a half devoid of any true quality.


Hanley rises to meet another Snodgrass free kick but the referee blows for a foul before he nods it wide.


STAT: England are currently unbeaten in 32 international qualifiers (World Cup and Euros combined); winning 24 and drawing eight.


Rooney played free on the left of the area, but he tries to cut it across for a teammate and it's scrambled clear. He should have had a shot at goal.


Rose chases a clipped ball towards the left byline. He tumbles under a clumsy challenge from Snodgrass. It was accidental but there was contact. The referee takes a lingering look and then runs off. Goal kick.


PHOTO: Lallana presses forward.

England's midfielder Adam Lallana (R) runs with the ball during a World Cup 2018 qualification match between England and Scotland

STAT: Strachan’s side have failed to score in three of their last four international matches played outside of Scotland.


Fletcher dummies Rooney and engineers the space for a 25-yard strike that arrows wide. Scotland have responded well to going behind.


He enjoyed that one!


VIDEO: Daniel's delight.


Rooney gives it away (looked like he was fouled). Snodgrass and Griffiths break but the latter hits a tame deflected shot from distance that Hart is able to bend and pick up. Big opportunity to play his teammate in there. Real frustration for the Tartan Army.


Stones taking some stick for how he's started this match.




Big miss. A right-wing corner finds Hanley in acres of space but he makes a complete mess of the header and balloons it over.


Scotland looking to respond. It drops to Griffiths on the right edge of the box but his thumping effort crashes back off an England body and out for a corner.



  • Daniel Sturridge
    GoalDaniel SturridgeEnglandGOAL! England lead. Sterling's shot deflects to Walker who wastes no time crossing for Sturridge to flick a header into the corner.

GOAL! England lead. Sterling's shot deflects to Walker who wastes no time crossing for Sturridge to flick a header into the corner.


Sterling shifts it right and fizzes in a shot from 25 yards that is well blocked....


Rooney sets his sights but his curling attempt nicks off the wall and flies a couple of yards wide.... Corner to the hosts.... It's worked to Henderson on the edge of the area but his first-time effort hits Griffiths. Nice corner routine but Hendo's shot lacked conviction.


England starting to pose a few question. Sterling goes down 30 yards out. This is within shooting distance.


Cahill rises to try and meet Rooney's delivery but can't quite reach it. Scotland defending well.


Another free kick to England on the right. Rooney over it.


Lallana's deep cross from the left finds its way to Walker on the opposite side, but the Spurs defender's first-time pass into the middle is read and cut out.


Sterling drops deep and teases it into Sturridge. The Liverpool man's attempted touch forward is poor and easily cut out. No rhythm to England's play yet.


Sterling goes down on the right of the Scotland area. He looks hopefully at the referee but there's nothing doing on this occasion.


DID YOU KNOW? This is only the third time that these two sides have met in a World Cup qualifier – the previous two were both won by England (1950 and 1954).


The visiting fans will have been heartened by the way Strachan's men have started.


England very slack. The hosts are trying to play out from the back but the Scots are snapping at their heels and forcing stray passes. Southgate won't be happy with what he's seen in the opening moments.


Only Germany (71.9%) and Spain (71.8%) have averaged more possession than England (71.2%) in the 2018 UEFA World Cup qualification stages so far. the Three Lions also have the second best passing accuracy in qualification (89.1%), behind only Germany (89.6%).... You wouldn't think that so far here.


Scotland looking more up for it in the early exchanges. Lallana is caught by Fletcher deep in his own half and Cahill is forced to hack it out for a throw.


STAT: Scotland have won just two of their last eight qualification games (World Cup and Euros combined) and these two wins have come against Gibraltar and Malta (D3 L3).


If you missed it earlier, this Facebook live with Eurosport's Dan and Des is well worth a watch.


Grant Hanley loops a miscued header straight back to his keeper as he tried to shackle Cahill from Rooney's deep right-wing free kick. He'll claim he meant it but it could have gone anywhere.


Snodgrass curves a dangerous right-wing free kick into the mix. Hart comes and gets a firm punch on it under pressure. The referee penalises the away side for a foul but it was confident keeping from Hart.


Scotland lively early on. Forrest sprinkles a pass out to the left and then joins the attack, shifting inside and firing in a deflected shot that is easy enough for Hart.


Fletcher with an early effort from distance for the visitors, but he miscues well wide.


HEAD-TO-HEAD: England dominant in recent meetings, winning seven of the last nine encounters.


An early touch for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon. It's his first competitive start since 2009.

  • 1st Half

KICK OFF! Scotland get us underway after Wembley stadium's impeccable silence.


Remembrance day wreaths have just been placed on the centre circle to huge applause. And now, a minute's silence...


The teams are out on the pitch and have just completed the anthems.


STAT: The Three Lions have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three matches – they haven’t kept four in a row since October 2015.

England's Joe Hart makes a save

Only last month Leigh Griffiths showed he has a great sense of humour when he changed his Twitter name to 'shorty' after Strachan suggested he lacked a big presence up top. The Celtic man is in the starting XI tonight and it's a popular decision with the Scotland fans. Only captain Darren Fletcher, defender Grant Hanley and midfielder Robert Snodgrass remain from the humbling in Slovakia last time out in Group F.


Southgate said this was a night for the experience of someone like Wayne Rooney. Will his captain reward such faith? The United forward would love a repeat of when he scored two goals from just three shots in England’s 3-1 win over Scotland in November 2014 at Celtic Park.

England's Wayne Rooney, moments before his cartwheel celebration for scoring against Scotland

The last time that England and Scotland met in a competitive fixture was back in November 1999 at Wembley Stadium. Scotland prevailed 1-0 thanks to a goal from Don Hutchison, but lost the Euro 2000 playoff tie 1-2 on aggregate. Paul Scholes grabbed a brace in the first leg at Hampden Park.

England's midfielder Paul Scholes (L) scores his second goal during the Euro 2000 first-leg play-off against Scotland at Hampden Park (Reuters)

A BIT OF PREVIOUS: This will be the third time that these two sides have met in an international match this century, with England winning the previous two; 3-2 in August 2013 and 3-1 in November 2014.

England and Scotland will meet in World Cup qualifiers on November 11, 2016 and June 10, 2017

As it stands in Group F after three matches: England are top with 7pts; Lithuania and Slovenia are next on five points each with Scotland down in fourth on four points. Slovakia (3pts) and Malta (0 points) make up the rest of the pool.


Gareth Southgate refuses to view this match as an audition: "I don’t view any game in that way. I have leadership responsibilities, of course, for the team and on a broader level, but the game is not about me. Football is about those who play and pay and that is about right so, 100 per cent, my focus is on the match. It would be irresponsible and unprofessional for it to be any other way."

Gareth Southgate was not keen to discuss his future in the England job

The big news for Scotland is that midfielder Scott Brown starts after recently coming out of international retirement. He is one of eight changes Strachan makes to the side that were well beaten in Slovakia.

Scotland's Scott Brown is expected to be fit for his international return against England

England's line-up is as expected with Daniel Sturridge leading the line. Southgate has made three changes from the stalemate in Slovenia with captain Wayne Rooney, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all recalled.


CONFIRMED TEAMS - ENGLAND: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose, Dier, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Sturridge, Rooney... Subs: Pickford, Heaton, Clyne, Bertrand, Jagielka, Wilshere, Townsend, Walcott, Lingard, Rashford, Kane, Vardy. /// SCOTLAND: Gordon, Anya, Hanley, Berra, Wallace, D Fletcher, Morrison, Brown, Snodgrass, Forrest, Griffiths. Subs: Marshall, Hamilton, R.Martin, Kingsley, Paterson, Bannan, Burke, Ritchie, Naismith, McArthur, C.Martin, S.Fletcher.


Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the World Cup qualifier between England and Scotland at Wembley. It's a battle of Britain scenario with both managers desperate for the win. Gareth Southgate hopes his side can produce the goods in match three of four in his audition to land the Three Lions' hot-seat on a permanent basis, while Gordon Strachan needs a lift after a disappointing period and an indifferent start to life in Group F. Kick off 7.45pm GMT.