It has been announced that as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary , the English national team will host Scotland for the first time since Scotland’s famous victory at Wembley in 1999.

The Tartan Army will travel in their thousands

Scotland hosted England in the first ever professional football fixture at the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground in Partick, in 1872. The match ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
It will be the 111th time the two have met and England manager Roy Hodgson took time out of his busy schedule at the Euro’s to comment saying it was “one of the finest fixtures in international football” , and Scotland boss Craig Levien has branded it “the ultimate contest”.

Scotland will definitely go into the match as underdogs but how does history suggest they will do? Well not too bad actually. In the 110 games played, England have won 45, Scotland have won 41, and there has been 24 draws.
Scotland will be hoping to recreate the 1928 Wembley Wizards, the Scotland team that beat an England with Dixie Dean in his prime 5-1 in their own back garden.
The big question will be, who can be the new Jackson, Dunn, Gallacher or James? A 5-1 win might be ridiculously optimistic but stranger things have happened.
Whatever happens, Scotland will take over London for the match and the Tartan Army will be planning their travel plans as soon as possible.
Twitter has been packed with fans reacting to the news, here are just some of those reactions:

Chris Nee ‏@ChrisTSC
#England will play Scotland at Wembley in 14 months’ time. This is fabulous news.~
Jamie Morton ‏@Jambon_1
Definitely going to try and get a ticket for Scotland vs England next year at Wembley, who’s coming down?
 
Pitt The Blogger ‏@PittTheBlogger
England to play Scotland next year? Fantastic news. Ridiculous amount of time since we last played them #England#Scotland

Stan Collymore ‏@StanCollymore
England v Scotland LIVE @talkSPORT,Aug 14th 2013.Let them come in their droves.3 Lions will prevail.

 
Gareth Couperthwaite ‏@Lordcoup
Scotland vs England, about time. Seriously, why don’t we have home internationals? Rugby do it every year, we haven’t had one since the 80s.

It is a welcome return to the oldest rivalry in world football. A spectacle that we are all delighted to hear the announcement of.
You can follow the build up for all of this coming season and all International football on Twitter: @Scotch_Corner or on Facebook by clicking here
By Simon Bienkowski.
Follow him on Twitter – @simonbien

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