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  • 14 August 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 80485

England - Scotland Preview: Rooney set to return against Auld Enemy

England - Scotland Preview: Rooney set to return against Auld Enemy

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Despite featuring for Manchester United just once during pre-season, the striker is set for a run out at Wembley as the Auld Enemy come face to face for the first time in 14 years



Walker, Cahill, Jones, Baines
Wilshere, Cleverley, Lampard
Walcott, Rooney, Welbeck


Hutton, Martin, Hanley, Mulgrew
McArthur, Brown
Snodgrass, Morrison, Maloney

Ashley Young was an early withdrawal from Roy Hodgson's squad, having missed Manchester United's 2-0 Community Shield win over Wigan, while Red Devils team-mate Michael Carrick has pulled out with an eye infection.

However, the England manager is confident Wayne Rooney will be able to take part at Wembley after seeing him in training on Monday.

Meanwhile, Gordan Strachan also just one casulty, with Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt suffering for a groin injury. Elsewhere, the experience of Darren Fletcher, Gary Caldwell and Steven Fletcher again miss out after failing to face Croatia.

  • England v Scotland is the oldest match in football, dating back to 1872.
  • But the two countries have not faced each other since a play-off double-header for Euro 2000 in 1999.
  • The last time England hosted their 'Auld Enemy' in a friendly encouter at Wembley was a 2-2 draw in April, 1953.
  • England are unbeaten at in five games at Wembley under Roy Hodgson, winning three.
  • Meanwhile, Gordan Strachan has won just two of his four games in charge, most recently triumphing 1-0 away in Croatia in June.
  • Strachan is bringing a fairly inexperienced squad across the border, with 16 of the squad having represented their country on 10 occasions or less.
  • Only five of squad play in Scotland, with 10 plying their trade in the Premier League.

Players to watch

W. Rooney

Position: Attacker

Games: 2

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With the media furoe surrounding Wayne Rooney and his possible exit from Manchester United, the striker is set to return to the public eye for the first time since Chelsea failed in two bids. The 27-year-old will be keen to focus on his football and keep up his fitness, how will he react?

R. Snodgrass

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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With Norwich making fine strides in the transfer market this summer, Robert Snodgrass will be looking at the Wembley stage to impress after a fine first season at Carrow Road. The winger has just 10 caps to his name, but scored in the recent 1-0 win over Croatia and Gordan Strachan will see him as a key cog in his side.

Editor's Prediction

While Scotland have looked like a more robust side since Gordan Strachan took the reins at the beginning of 2013, England have, themselves, been steadily improving during their World Cup qualification campaign.

It would be unfair to point out the away side's weak points as an obviously developing squad under new management, but the Three Lions' superior quality will shine through at Wembley.

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Reader's Predictions

England ENG
England England
Scotland SCO
Scotland Scotland

Top 3 Predictions

England ENG
2 - 0
Scotland SCO
England ENG
3 - 1
Scotland SCO
England ENG
2 - 1
Scotland SCO