Fans of the Three Lions could not hide their excitement after they were drawn with Scotland in the group stages of the EURO 2020.
While the current crop of players in both squads may not remember the height of the rivalry between England and Scotland, the neutrals are hoping for a great game when both sides clash in Wembley on Friday.
English fans can be confident that the quality of their squad would be enough to deliver a crucial blow to their oldest rivals in international football. The Scots lost their opening game to the Czech Republic, making this game even more important to their quest for glory in Europe.
England, on the other hand, secured a win with a solid performance against Croatia on Sunday. Gareth Southgate’s side were not spectacular but they were rarely threatened by the 2018 World Cup finalists.
Scotland had their fair share of chances against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park but they were wasteful in front of goal. It is difficult to see a Scotland attack that looked devoid of quality in the final third in their opener strike any major blow against England.
It is often said that form goes out of the window when rivals clash but it is also true that the quality of players usually gives a team an advantage. The Three Lions have very talented individuals in all positions while the same cannot be said of Scotland.
The best players in the team are Andy Robertson, John McGinn, Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay and Che Adams. Two of these players are left-backs and Tierny’s fitness is still in doubt.
England are on a seven-match winning streak and have won 16 of their last 17 home games. They are also unbeaten since 1999 against Scotland and have won three of their four meetings since.
Scotland, by contrast, have only won one of their last six away games and lost in Slovakia and Israel last November.
Fans and pundits do not back England at major tournaments because they have disappointed many times but the best result Scotland can get from this game is a draw.