England v Scotland guide


Here is our complete guide for England v Scotland at Wembley (kick-off 1945 GMT, Friday November 11), which includes our betting verdict, links to the latest stories, quotes from both managers, key Opta statistics and details of the Sky Bet odds.

England v Scotland: Manager quotes

Gareth Southgate (England)

On his own future: “What happens to me isn’t important over the next 10 days, it’s about us preparing to beat Scotland and about leaving the team and the country top of qualifying at the end of Friday night.

“That’s my only focus. I’ve got two really exciting matches to take charge of team and I’m really looking forward to doing that.

“What’s important is I’m leading my country in an important and prestigious game and the focus is on preparing the team as well as possible.”

On Harry Kane: “I think the first thing we have to do with Harry is check how he is after yesterday (Tottenham’s game against Arsenal).

“I think Spurs, maybe with Dele [Alli] missing as well, took a decision for what was a very big game for them.

“Of course we have a big game ourselves and will have to see what level he’s at when he reports.

“But it was great to see him back and scoring and with a smile on his face at the end of the game.”

On Jack Wilshere: “I don’t think there’s even been any questioning of his quality.

“We’ve felt for a long time that he’s a player that can play at the highest level, so I guess as much as anything, it’s been his match sharpness and the fact that he’s had three 90 minutes’ with Bournemouth.

“I’ve been to two of their games and we’ve had people at the other games and I think it’s the right moment to involve him back into the squad.”

On wearing poppies: “I think the fact is, as the head coach, I was keen for us to wear the poppies, I think that’s very important.

“It’s part of the history and tradition of what we are as a nation, the remembrance. The fact we have the freedom of speech to make statements as we see fit, we owe it to the people that gave their lives in the two world wars in particular.

“Of course the poppy now commemorates a lot more than that and I understand that people have individual views on that, but I think the history of what we are as a team, and we represent the nation, is important to note and I think the fact we are wearing the poppy is the most important thing.”

Gordon Strachan (Scotland)

On Scott Brown’s return: “Scott (Brown) retired in August when he was in a different place to where he is now.

“At that time it was beneficial for him and Celtic that he retired from international football.

“We respected that but Scott is in a different place now and feels he can help us in our quest to get to a major finals.”

On facing England: “It excites me, it excites the players. I know that for a fact.

“There’s an edge to this one, which we all enjoy.

“We are in a place now where we are looking forward to that. We’re looking forward to getting some points on the board again.”