England vs. Scotland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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England vs. Scotland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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The oldest international rivalry in the world will be renewed on Wednesday as Scotland travel south to Wembley Stadium to take on England in a friendly.

In reality, "friendly" doesn't begin to describe the battle between these two countries. Ever since they played the first international football match in 1872, they have been fierce rivals. 

In the 140 years since, they have officially played each other 110 times, and the honors are pretty even—45 England wins, 41 Scotland wins and 24 draws, per Soccer Base

Adding to the tension is the fact that this will be the first time the Scots have taken on their Auld Enemy since a Euro qualifier in 1991. 

National teams across the world are participating in friendlies this week, but none are bigger than this one. 

 

Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England

When: Wednesday, August 14, at 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. ET)

Watch: ITV or STV

Live Stream: ITV.com

 

England Player to Watch: Wayne Rooney

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We've been hearing about Wayne Rooney pretty much every second of every minute of every hour since the clock struck midnight on July 1—the opening of the transfer window—but it has been a while since most have actually seen him. 

Caught in the middle of a never-ending transfer saga, Rooney, who has reportedly told his squad he wants to join Chelsea, was essentially non-existent during the Red Devils' entire preseason.

So, is he is actually injured or suffering from a lack of fitness, as new manager David Moyes has claimed? Or has that been blown out of proportion as the Daily Mirror's John Cross jokes?

Finally, we'll get to see for ourselves, as Rooney, according to The Telegraph's Henry Winter, has looked good in training and is likely to start. 

My prediction? Rooney will show no sign of injury and will be intent on putting on a show after a tumultuous, controversial summer off the pitch. 

 

Scotland Player to Watch: Robert Snodgrass

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It has been a very successful past year for Robert Snodgrass.

He joined Norwich City in July last year and quickly established himself as a first-team regular—and eventually, arguably the club's best player. In 37 EPL appearances, he scored six goals, made six assists and created an impressive 66 chances, per Squawka.

Snodgrass was a crucial part in the Canaries' solid 11th-place finish in the table. 

The 25-year-old continued that success for Scotland, scoring the game-winning goal in a massive upset-win over Croatia in World Cup qualifying last June.

A versatile forward capable of playing on either wing or in the middle, Snodgrass will be vital in creating chances against England on Wednesday. 

 

Prediction

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Scotland is certainly the underdog. Gordon Strachan's squad is ranked just 50th in the world by FIFA and already out of contention for Brazil in 2014.

Heading into a raucous environment at Wembley against World No. 14 England won't be easy. 

Then again, the Scots weren't supposed to beat No. 8 Croatia at Stadion Maksimir in June, either, but someone forget to tell them. 

While this is going to be more tightly contested than people think, England has too much talent and will benefit from being at home. 

The Three Lions take the newest chapter of this special rivalry. 

England 2, Scotland 1 

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