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Football Association announce 2013 England-Scotland friendly

England will play Scotland at Wembley in a friendly to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary.

The 'Auld Enemy' will meet on Wednesday 14 August 2013, the first match between the two sides since Scotland won a Euro 2000 second leg play-off 1-0.

The meeting is the oldest in international football, dating back to a match in Partick in November 1872.

England manager Roy Hodgson said: "It will be a huge honour to lead our nation out against our oldest rivals."

England v Scotland


Head to head

England wins - 45

Draws - 24

Scotland wins - 41

England and Scotland are international football's oldest opponents. They met in the first official match ever played, a 0-0 draw outside of Glasgow in front of a crowd of 4,000.

A total of 110 meetings have taken place, and Hodgson is enthusiastic about the 111th: "England versus Scotland is one of the finest fixtures in international football and I know what this game means to both sets of supporters.

"It will be a fitting part of The FA's 150th anniversary celebrations and the supporters, the team and my coaching staff all look forward to welcoming Scotland to Wembley Stadium next year."

Scotland boss Craig Levein is similarly keen: "For any Scotland supporter, player or coach, Scotland versus England is the ultimate contest: it really is as good as it gets.

"It will also be the best test possible before we resume our World Cup qualifying campaign next year."

The FA also announced intentions to schedule further high-profile fixtures to mark the anniversary.

They have also revealed a friendly against Italy to be played in Berne, Switzerland, on Wednesday 15 August, England's first match after Euro 2012. The last time England took on the Azzurri was in 2002, losing 2-1 at Elland Road

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Not really looking forward to this as Scotland wouldn't be able to match England so we could be embarrased. Only 4 victories between the sides and Scotland won the last meeting between the two sides in 1999.

It would be great to see the Tartan Army invade the pitch again.

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