Football is a funny old game, isn’t it?
One minute you’re a hero like Scotland keeper David Marshall, with your big left hand the catalyst to mass celebrations across the country, the next you’re lobbed from 50 yards and the photo of you crashing into your own net is turned into a meme.
But, if that isn’t proof for how quickly fortunes can change in football, then what is?
It’s natural for Scots to feel deflated after waiting 23 years only to be served up a reality check in the form of an ice-cold disappointment at the hands of the Czech Republic on Monday. But there’s no better way to respond to a defeat than by going into the backyard of the Auld Enemy and walking out with three points in your back pocket.
We know Wembley isn’t much of a happy hunting ground for Scotland but, as we said earlier, football is a funny old game.
What is Scotland’s head to head record against England?
The Auld Enemy have faced each other a total of 114 times, including competitive games and friendlies.
Scotland currently sit on 41 wins, giving them a 35.96% win percentage, however, England have won slightly more with 48 wins and a 42.11% win percentage. A further 25 games have ended in draws.
How many games have Scotland won against England at Wembley?
It may officially be the oldest fixture in international football, but disappointment at Wembley has sadly been a recurring theme for Scotland since their first visit in 1924. In 32 Wembley meetings Scotland have beaten England a mere nine times, with England winning 18.
The last time the two sides met at Wembley, England ran out 3-0 winners on November 11, 2016. Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill getting on the score sheet in the World Cup qualifier.
When was the last time Scotland beat England?
The wait for a win against England may not have been as long as Scotland’s wait to get to a major tournament, though it’s still been some while since Scotland waltzed back over the border with a victory – 22 years to be precise.
It would be a memorable win against all the odds, however.
Annual meetings between the international rivals had been halted in 1989, meaning the team would only clash if drawn together in qualifiers, or World Cup or European Championships.
Low and behold, when it did eventually happen on 17 November 1999, it would be for one of the biggest prizes ever – qualification to a major tournament.
It would see a straight shoot out between two of the world’s oldest and fiercest rivals for a place at Euro 2000 as they faced off in a qualifying play-off.
Two Paul Scholes goals handed England a 2-0 win at Hampden four days earlier, leaving the Scots having to better England’s two-goal advantage.
While a 1-0 win in the return leg wasn’t quite enough on the night, a Don Hutchison led-Scotland gave the travelling fans a night to remember when he headed home in the 38th minute.
Could Scotland repeat this feat on Friday?
What were the results of the last five games between Scotland and England?
10 June 2017: Scotland 2 – 2 England
11 November 2016: England 3 – 0 Scotland
18 November 2014: Scotland 1 – 3 England
14 August 2013: England 3 – 2 Scotland
17 November 1999: England 0 – 1 Scotland