Scotland vs England 2014

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


Back in the good old days, where football meant hooliganism, and where foreign players were of no interest at all (being deficient in all regards to their British counterparts of course,) the biggest game of the season was Scotland vs England. No really. Tens of thousands of drunk Scots would invade London for the Wembley clashes (and often invade the Wembley pitch too,) whilst the returns at Hampden would always guarantee violence both on and off the pitch. Which was nice.

Yet nowadays, when one can watch el Classico on one’s television at home, when the best Scotland player plays for Wigan and when nobody at all makes an effort for an international friendly, is this game necessary at all? Would some brutish challenge from a Dundee United midfielder that puts Jack Wilshere out for three months be worth it because this fixture is all about passion? Football has moved on, and it is nostalgic pining for occasions like these, which arguably hold English football back.

On the field, the Three Lions should have no problem. Scotland are no better than Slovenia, who were dismantled with relative ease (eventually) on Saturday. England winning either 4-0 or 4-1 is available at 50/1 with Ladbrokes (and be sure to check out their new exchange whilst you’re at it.) And hopefully, such a one-sided match will put an end to the clamour to make this an annual event. Or at least, it should do so for a few years at least.

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