Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane fired England to a 3-1 victory against Scotland as Steve Clarke’s side were given the runaround by the Auld Enemy at Hampden Park.
The 116th edition of the world’s oldest international fixture came with both sides in the enviable position of knowing it was a case of when rather than if they qualified for Euro 2024.
Scotland have won all five of their group games and headed into Tuesday’s so-called friendly dreaming of a memorable victory against England and a Georgia draw with Norway.
That result would have seen them wrap up their place at next summer’s Euros, but the hosts’ win in Oslo was compounded by a disappointing 3-1 loss to Gareth Southgate’s men in Glasgow.
This match commemorated the nations’ first meeting 150 years ago and ended with England racking up their 49th win in this fixture thanks to a confident display.
Foden – the subject of so much pre-match discussion – quickly adjusted his feet to direct home the opener in the first half, with Bellingham capitalising on a wretched Andrew Robertson pass to rifle home three minutes later.
The half-time scoreline did not flatter England, although Harry Maguire was teased mercilessly by the Scotland fans following his intoduction and turned a Robertson cross into his own goal to lift the roof.
But home hopes of a comeback were short-lived as the visitors went up a few gears as brilliant Bellingham set up skipper Kane to wrap up a comfortable friendly win.
Fearless England are showing why they can be Euro 2024 favourites
Scotland 1 England 3, as it happened
10:15 PM BST
Gareth Southgate speaks
“Really pleased. I think we were excellent in all phases of the game, right from the start. We wanted to control the crowd by using the ball well and showing composure. We were a threat. I thought the players from 1-11 and the subs that came on [were excellent].”
[On Bellingham having something to prove]
“He doesn’t have a point to prove to us, we know he’s a really good player. Saturday wasn’t his best game... we know he’s got fantastic personality to come back from something like that.
“I think that high midfield position, whether that’s as an attacking eight or where he played tonight... he likes to run forward, he can get in the box. His game to receive is a little bit better in those areas as well. We slightly changed our system because we needed to get pressure on them all over the pitch and we did that really well.”
“Pleased for him as much as anything because I got a lot of questions about him this week. He scored a goal and his performance was really good. The mentality of the team to press well and counter press well was exceptional. A lot of positives for us.”
10:11 PM BST
Souness calls this "a wake up call for Scotland"
“They’ve somehow got to get back onto the horse and produce the performances they did prior to tonight.”
10:10 PM BST
Steve Clarke speaks after the match
He says he does not think that the occasion got to his players, who started fairly poorly.
“First half we didn’t really get started. England started great, dominated the first half and dominated the ball. I thought second half we did a little bit better. I thought England started the game really, really well like the top side they are. We are looking to get to that level, we know we’re not there. We’re trying to get better.
“One of the good things about us is that when we’ve had a little bit of adversity we’ve come back better. We knew it’d be a tough night... we didn’t expect to lose. Listen, congratulations to England. The camp has been a success... the main focus of the camp has been to go to Cyprus and get a result... five wins from five.”
10:09 PM BST
Souness is praising England again, which he says "sticks hard in his throat"
I think England now have so much talent in the forward areas that they can be more adventurous, even against the better teams.
10:03 PM BST
Player ratings: Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden shine in victory
England beat Scotland 3-1 in Glasgow in a friendly on Tuesday night. Mike McGrath ran the rule over the teams and this is how he rated the England and Scotland players.
10:02 PM BST
Jude Bellingham speaks after the game
“I wasn’t happy with how I played in Poland against Ukraine. I showed a level that probably wasn’t anywhere near my best. I think that was close to it tonight. I knew tonight was more than a friendly game and it means so much to the fans. I wasn’t able to [be a match-winner] on Saturday but the last two days that’s drove me.
“I think it’s just a freedom role. If you look at my performances in Madrid so far they are quite complete because I get the freedom... they allow me to go all over the pitch... to finish the chances and create as well. I can still do it a lot better which is what I am trying to prove to you all. I do my best to try and slot in and do whatever the gaffer wants from me. I really enjoyed playing in that position tonight.”
09:53 PM BST
This was probably the only low moment for England
09:49 PM BST
Souness on England
“This is the strongest group I have ever seen, seriously. I think they can only get better. You have to remember Scotland have come into this game full of confidence... with their tails up. But they [Scotland] never got into the game. England are a really good team at the moment and they are destined to get their hands on a trophy with this group of players.”
09:48 PM BST
Well, that was a good win for England
Scotland a team in form and nice to bounce back from a slightly disappointing result in Poland to Ukraine.
09:37 PM BST
FULL TIME: Scotland 1 England 3
England deserve that win. Scotland battled but did not offer a great deal and England just had the quality that they needed.
09:36 PM BST
90+2 mins - SCO 1 ENG 3
It doesn’t look like the match in Oslo is going Scotland’s way either. Georgia have just pulled one back in added time at the end of the second half but it is 2-1 to Norway. So no Euro 2024 qualification for Scotland tonight as it stands.
09:34 PM BST
90 mins - SCO 1 ENG 3
Just the three minutes of added time.
09:34 PM BST
88 mins - SCO 1 ENG 3
Fair to say it has gone a little quiet at Hampden. Chants of “cheerio, cheerio, cheerio” ring out from the England section. Walker, Bellingham and Foden all outstanding tonight and, really, the difference between the sides. Scotland are a decent side, no doubt, but England are just better and have been tonight.
09:31 PM BST
86 mins - SCO 1 ENG 3
It is actually difficult to put into words how good Jude Bellingham is and at such a young age. His strength, skill and brain put him up there with the very best footballers in the world at the moment.
09:28 PM BST
83 mins - SCO 1 ENG 3
09:26 PM BST
GOAAAAL! Kane restores England's two-goal lead
England’s third comes through more Bellingham brilliance, though a fine finish from Kane. Bellingham shakes off a couple of Scotland defenders, dummies to shoot but then nudges it forward to Kane, who takes a touch and then slots it past Gunn, sending him the wrong way. Makes it look easy.
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) September 12, 2023
Scotland 1 England 3
09:23 PM BST
79 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
Hickey sends a Rice pass to Kane behind for a corner. Walker had just sent in another superb cross, as he has done so many times this evening. Trippier sends it in but Scotland clear. England come again through Ramsdale as he sends Trippier deep into the Scotland half with a wonderful pass.
09:21 PM BST
77 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
Tierney is booked for fouling Saka, holding his shirt back and stopping the England break.
09:21 PM BST
75 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
Bellingham with some superb skill in dribbling, with great strength, through the Scotland defence. He just shakes off players like they are nothing as he has done several times this evening. His shot is low from the left but Gunn saves well again.
09:19 PM BST
74 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
Kane has the ball in the back of the net with a shot at the far post but it all happened after the whistle went. He shoved Tierney in the back.
09:17 PM BST
73 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
Eze with a golden chance to score his first England goal! A great touch on the edge of the box gets him in front of goal but Gunn saves excellently! A superb ball from Walker it was. England cannot get a shot away on the follow-up.
09:15 PM BST
70 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
The game was just drifting away from Scotland at that point, as it had been for quite a while. They are in this game with renewed vigour as England look a bit list.
It’s then a great opportunity for McGinn. Robertson finds him on the six yard box, he’s free but it comes off his shoulder and loops over. Should have found the target.
A couple of changes for England: Foden and Rashford off and Saka and Eze on.
09:13 PM BST
68 mins - SCO 1 ENG 2
Robertson sends one into Dykes on the penalty box but the connect isn’t good enough to send it goalwards.
09:12 PM BST
GOAAAL! Scotland get one back
It’s a Harry Maguire own goal would you believe...
Robertsen drives into the box, sends in a shot from the right edge but Maguire sticks out a foot and it deflects past Ramsdale who is helpless to stop it.
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) September 12, 2023
You feel the game needed that. Scotland certainly did.
Scotland 1 England 2
09:11 PM BST
66 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Rashford tries to stand one up for Kane at the far post but cannot quite get his left foot underneath it enough.
09:08 PM BST
64 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Rashford loses the ball in the middle of the park. New man Christie comes on and fires along the ground from distance and well wide. He has been lively in the few minutes he’s been on.
09:07 PM BST
61 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Can’t say this has been the best opening to a half. Just a bit...scrappy and bitty.
09:04 PM BST
59 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Kane battles to find himself space to get away a shot and he does so from a difficult angle on the right edge of the box. It’s deflected behind but he does not get a corner.
A couple of changes for Scotland: Che Adams off and Ryan Christie on. Billy Gilmour off and Lyndon Dykes on.
09:02 PM BST
56 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Bellingham again creates space for himself on the left before finding a team-mate.
08:59 PM BST
55 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
England are just keeping possession... Scotland can’t get the ball for any prolonged period of time.
08:56 PM BST
52 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Dunk, often keen to send in a long ball tonight, finds Kane in deep who then tries to sweep it wide on the left to Trippier but it is intercepted. A few oles going around the England section of fans but the ball is then lost and Walker has to keep his eyes on the ball to head away and stop a clear Scotland chance from the six-yard box.
08:54 PM BST
50 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Scotland still pretty lively but the difference between the two teams has been quality in the final third.
08:52 PM BST
47 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Scotland knocking the ball about in the middle of the park before McGinn has a go from distance. Is it a shot or a cross? Either way it is deflected behind for a corner. I think it was a shot. Nobody really there for him to find. Actually it’s a goal kick, not a corner.
08:51 PM BST
SECOND HALF: England get us back under way
The crowd at Hampden still in fine voice. How will this second half pan out?
08:48 PM BST
A change for England
Guehi off and Maguire on for England.
08:33 PM BST
HALF TIME: SCO 0 ENG 2
Foden sends in a cross right in front of goal after some superb build-up play from Bellingham. Kane cannot get to it and that is half time.
08:32 PM BST
45 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Just the one minute of added time which seems a little silly. England will be happy with their work. A few chances created and have kept Scotland fairly quiet. Walker has been decent, Rashford and Bellingham too.
08:31 PM BST
43 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
The atmosphere at Hampden still sounds pretty decent. Jeers as England win a free-kick during a Scotland attack. Guehi is shoved in the back as a Scotland cross comes in.
08:28 PM BST
41 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Foden is booked for a challenge through the back. It’s then a bit of pushing and shoving and there’s a couple more bookings, including Bellingham. Anyway, Scotland win a free kick about 40 yards out on the left.
08:26 PM BST
39 mins - SCO 0 ENG 2
Scotland almost immediately have a shout for a handball in the box but it’s not. It’s just not.
08:23 PM BST
GOAAAAL! Bellingham doubles England's lead in quick succession
A mistake from Robertson but no mistake from Bellingham from 12 yards out. The Real Madrid man creates an opening on the left before Foden sends in a wicked cross. It ricochets off a white and blue shirt before Robertsen tries to do something with the ball... pass it? But to who? But he can only nudge it to Bellingham who hammers home easily.
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) September 12, 2023
Scotland 0 England 2
08:21 PM BST
33 mins - SCO 0 ENG 1
Is that lead deserved? Just about? It was the second good chance of the game for Foden – and England – and the second time he puts it away.
08:18 PM BST
GOAAAAL! England take the lead at Hampden Park
It’s Foden! Bellingham and Foden link up on the edge of the box. Rashford then pokes it back to Walker on the right corner of the box. Walker lashes a shot across the goal and Foden adjusts his feet, opening them in front of goal and the ball goes past Gunn to put England ahead. A lovely touch.
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) September 12, 2023
Scotland 0 England 1
08:18 PM BST
31 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Tierney with a cross from the left but it is overhit.
08:15 PM BST
28 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Norway have gone 1-0 through Erling Haaland, so that means Scotland will have to wait to confirm qualification if it finishes like that. England playing with a fair bit of pace, but without the requisite quality to do anything about it. Pretty direct stuff, though.
08:14 PM BST
26 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
That long ball comes over the top again, Bellingham the man chasing this time. Gunn is first to the ball again, though. Having a decent game, even if he hasn’t exactly had to make a proper save.
Walker then slides a cross in from the right to Rashford, but it is cut out and away for a corner...
08:11 PM BST
24 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Walker with a well hit shot from the right edge of the box, picking up on a Bellingham cross. He lashes it with his right foot but can’t get it goalwards and drags it wide. Not by much but it was never on target.
08:09 PM BST
22 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
As things stand Scotland will be the first team to qualify for Euro 2024 (aside from the hosts, Germany). That’s because Norway and Georgia are locked at 0-0 in Oslo; nothing to do with what’s going on here.
08:07 PM BST
20 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
England have a shout for a penalty through Bellingham, but the flag goes up and Rashford is offside again as Kane feeds him over the top. Don’t think it would have been a penalty in any case. Bellingham fell into it.
08:05 PM BST
17 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Biggest chance of the game... Phillips lofts one in to Rashford on the left who then squares it to Foden in space. He’s 12 yards out but he skies it over with his left. Poor. Did not get the best contact; a mishit.
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) September 12, 2023
08:03 PM BST
15 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
The ball comes in, on the six yard box but Dunk gets his head in the way with an excellent header. Scotland coming into it a bit more in the last five minutes.
08:01 PM BST
14 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Scotland get a free kick in a fairly dangerous position, about 30 yards out in front of goal...
07:59 PM BST
12 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Kane is nearly clean through but Porteous just gets himself in the way and clears the danger and then quickly comes Scotland’s best chance of the game. Che Adams on the left bursts into the box but was probably two yards offside and the flag goes up.
07:58 PM BST
11 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Dunk sends one from deep into Rashford, who is offside by about a yard. Gunn got there anyway. Not a bad ball, though.
07:56 PM BST
9 mins - SCO 0 ENG 0
Scotland with their first significant passage of play... but it comes to nothing as Rashford finds Bellingham before the latter is fouled just in the Scotland half. Slick movement from Rashford, give and go on the left.
07:54 PM BST
7 min - SCO 0 ENG 0
It’s a third corner in quick succession for England but Scotland deal with it well, though England come again quickly. The home fans think Walker has fouled Tierney on the byline but I really don’t think he did. Ally McCoist on C4 does, though...
07:52 PM BST
5 min - SCO 0 ENG 0
England with more of the ball in the opening five minutes. Phillips is fouled and wins England a free-kick in their own half. Scotland press England back into their own penalty box before Ramsdale finds a route out on the right. Rashford wins a corner on the left this time, blocked by Porteous, who does not allow him to break into the box.
07:50 PM BST
3 min - SCO 0 ENG 0
England win a corner through Kyle Walker, on the right wing. It goes deep to Rice who lofts it up towards the back post but Gunn leaps and punches away.
07:47 PM BST
1 min - SCO 0 ENG 0
Kane gets fed through but cannot get to the ball before Gunn in goal. The flag goes up, however.
07:46 PM BST
Right, here we go
A non-friendly friendly as it keeps being called... Scotland will get the game under way.
07:42 PM BST
A reminder of the line-ups tonight
07:41 PM BST
The England national anthem is roundly booed and jeered
As you would expect.
07:37 PM BST
More from England manager Gareth Southgate
“There’s obviously so much history to the game so it’s a great test for us. It’s going to be a really hostile environment. We know that Scotland are a team that are playing really well at the moment so it’s going to be a good test. We’re trying to find the balance of stability and experience. Finding out about a few people we have to do that in the next few months. Certainly we’ll find out a lot out about those guys tonight.”
07:35 PM BST
Kalvin Phillips gets a start tonight
4 - Since playing his last game for Leeds in 2022, Kalvin Phillips has been named as a starter in as many games for England as he has for Manchester City (4) in all competitions. Nod. pic.twitter.com/7I18jRRFKR
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 12, 2023
Here’s what Gareth Southgate has just said:
“He needs to play and he’s a really important player for us – we don’t have many players that can operate in the way he can. We know he’ll do a good job. We know people will talk about the lack of minutes but Scotland have got that with Scott McTominay.”
07:32 PM BST
The commemorative shirt is just for the warm-up
Shame. Or is it not, because the shirts are a bit naff?
07:29 PM BST
Steve Clarke speaks before the game
“Full house at Hampden. A game against the Auld Enemy it’s going to be a great occasion. It’s always a good time to play against England. It’s a historic match. England are always in the later stages at competitions and that’s something we aspire to... we’re trying to qualify consistently for tournaments and then hopefully we can upset some of the big boys.
“They are a really switched on group of players... there’s nothing we can do about the game in Oslo. I imagine the crowd will keep us up to date with what’s going on, especially if it’s a positive result in out favour.”
07:28 PM BST
Scotland friendly is a game Gareth Southgate cannot afford to lose
There are milestones in the oldest fixture and the oldest border skirmish in world football that have marked Gareth Southgate’s career as first a player and a manager. Tuesday night is set to be another.
England will face Scotland for the 116th time, since their first meeting in 1872, and while it is only a rare friendly in these days of a congested competitive calendar, it is also an encounter that Southgate knows must be taken with deadly seriousness.
While he will argue, with justification, that is always the case with England, it is not a game that he can afford to lose given the need for momentum as he begins to prepare for next summer’s European Championship and the relevance of moving on from Saturday’s flat 1-1 draw with Ukraine with something far more convincing.
07:20 PM BST
Angus Gunn between the posts for Scotland tonight
Son of Bryan Gunn, born in England to a Scottish father and English mother. He played for England at U-16-U21 level but chose Scotland at full international level. Nothing wrong with that, is there?
07:13 PM BST
The teams are in
Starting XI: Ramsdale, Walker, Trippier, Rice, Guehi, Dink, Foden, Phillips, Kane, Bellingham, Rashford
Substitutes: Chilwell, Johnstone, Henderson, Maguire, Tomori, Saka, Eze, Colwill, Maddison, Gallagher, Pickford, Wilson, Nketiah
Starting XI: Gunn, Hickey, Robertson, McTominay, Tierney, McGinn, McGregor, Adams, Hendry, Gilmour, Porteous
Substitutes: McCrorie, Clark, Souttar, Dykes, Christie, McKenna, Armstrong, Ferguson, Nisbet, Jack, Patterson, McLean, Shankland
07:01 PM BST
Southgate: I persuaded Walker not to retire – twice
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that he has talked “world-class” Kyle Walker out of international retirement twice, including after the Qatar World Cup last year.
Walker scored his first England goal in his 77th international appearance against Ukraine, but the right-back would have retired without ever netting for his country had it not been for Southgate.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola this summer took Walker out to dinner to talk him out of moving to Bayern Munich and Southgate revealed that he has twice had similar conversations over the 33-year-old’s international future – once after England’s defeat in the final of the European Championships in 2021 and most recently after the World Cup.
06:56 PM BST
What is the recent head-to-head record?
There was no game between England and Scotland for 14 years at the start of the century, but there have been more in recent years.
England and Scotland were in the same qualification group for the 2018 World Cup, with England winning 3-0 at home but requiring a last-gasp Harry Kane goal to spare them a defeat at Hampden.
The two teams played at the 2020 (delayed until 2021) European Championship, with Scotland earning plenty of plaudits for their display in a goalless draw at Wembley.
England vs Scotland: meetings since 2000
August 2014: England 3 Scotland 2 (friendly)
November 2014: Scotland 1 England 3 (friendly)
November 2016: England 3 Scotland 0 (World Cup qualification)
June 2017: Scotland 2 England 2 (World Cup qualification)
June 2021: England 0 Scotland 0 (Euro 2020)
06:31 PM BST
And welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s international friendly as Scotland take on England at Hampden Park. The “reason” for this game is that it marks 150 years since the first ever football international (between these two sides) back in the 1870s. Only that it doesn’t really mark 150 years as the date was almost 151 years ago: on November 30 1872 at Hamilton Crescent in Patrick, Glasgow. Anyway, we get the reason for the occasion, even if it is not exactly perfectly timed, but they could hardly schedule this during the World Cup, could they?
Both teams have played each other another 114 times since then, with 25 of those draw, 48 won by England and 41 by Scotland. There has not been an awful not of action between the two teams in recent years, however. In fact, this will be just the sixth time since 2000. The most recent of those games was the 0-0 draw in the 2020 European Championship (played in 2021).
Scotland come into the game in fine form, with five wins in their last five games. In fact, going back to the start of 2023, their record in competitive games reads: won nine, drawn one and lost two. And the last defeat in that time came against Ireland on June 11. With a 3-0 victory away in Cyprus, Steve Clarke’s men are looking likely to qualify for Euro 2024. In fact, if results go their way tonight their place will be guaranteed, becoming the first side to qualify if Norway fail to beat Georgia.
England are also in decent form, winning four and drawing one (their last game was a 1-1 draw against Ukraine) since their World Cup exit at the hands of France last year.
Both teams will be playing in special commemorative kits to mark the occasion and you have to say that the Scotland one is about three times as good as England’s. Anyway, kick-off is at 7.45pm BST and we will be here for all of the build-up live updates and reaction.