International Friendlies

Scotland 1-3 England

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Celtic Park
Wayne Rooney scores with a header against Scoland at Celtic Park
Wayne Rooney scored his 45th England goal with a second-half header at Celtic Park
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain header opens scoring
  • Rooney scores 45th and 46th international goals
  • Defender Robertson gave Scotland brief hope
  • Sixth successive win for England

Wayne Rooney closed in on Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time England record of 49 goals as his side gained a comfortable victory against Scotland at a passionate Celtic Park.

Scotland were hoping to inflict defeat on the Auld Enemy and build on confidence gained from the pivotal Euro 2016 qualifying win against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Rooney, however, had other ideas with two second-half goals to add to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener as England secured a fully deserved win on their first visit to Glasgow since 1999.

The England captain now has 46 international goals, his second coming late on to snuff out brief hopes of an unlikely Scotland revival after Andrew Robertson had pulled one back.

Scotland 1-3 England: Roy Hodgson praises players

It was a highly satisfactory night for England manager Roy Hodgson, who has now seen his side win six successive games as they rebuild after the disappointment of their early World Cup exit in Brazil.

For Scotland, who looked jaded following their exertions against the Republic, consolation can come with the knowledge that their main business in this international period was winning that qualifier, which they achieved successfully.

England's own qualifiers have proved routine, but this was billed as a more serious test of their resolve and credentials in the stirring surroundings of Parkhead - and Hodgson will feel this was a test they passed emphatically.

Scotland had only two Premier League players in their starting line-up, Hull City's Robertson and Everton's Steven Naismith and at times that gulf in experience, competitive edge and class was all too obvious.

Hodgson played the straightest of bats in the build-up, declining to portray this as any different to a routine friendly as England came north of the border for the first time since the Euro 2000 qualifying play-off in 1999 - although the naked hostility displayed by both sets of supporters to the respective national anthems may have just altered his opinion.

It was Hodgson's side who made the more assured start and Danny Welbeck, so reliable in front of goal for England recently, should have done better than shoot straight at Scotland keeper David Marshall when played in by Rooney.

Scotland 1-3 England: Strachan feels England 'spooked' Scotland

Scotland were getting some encouragement from the pace of Watford's Ikechi Anya, but looked somewhat leg-weary and lacking in inspiration and when England went ahead after 32 minutes, it was an advantage they deserved.

Jack Wilshere created the opportunity with a long, driven pass which found Oxlade-Chamberlain, who applied a thin but decisive touch with his head to beat Marshall.

Strachan introduced Darren Fletcher and James Morrison for Chris Martin and Scott Brown, as well as Craig Gordon for Marshall in goal, in an attempt to give his team fresh impetus at the start of the second half, but it was England who struck again two minutes after the restart.

Scotland failed to clear a free-kick and when Robertson could only divert Wilshere's shot into the path of Rooney, he reacted swiftly to divert a smart header past Gordon.

As the clock ran down and substitutes arrived on a regular basis, Robertson gave Scotland hope with a close-range finish with seven minutes left.

Rooney responded almost instantly by crowning another good passing move with a powerful finish and a somersault of celebration in front of England's elated supporters.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain heads England ahead on 32 minutes
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's glancing header gave England a 32nd-minute lead
Wayne Rooney celebrates putting England 2-0 ahead at Celtic Park
Rooney headed England into a 2-0 lead after Andrew Robertson had failed to clear inside the area
Andrew Robertson celebrates his goal for Scotland
Hull City full-back Robertson briefly gave Scotland hope with a goal seven minutes from time
Wayne Rooney celebrates with Adam Lallana and Kieran Gibbs after England's third goal
But Rooney was celebrating moments later when he reinstated England's two-goal advantage



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1MarshallSubstituted forGordonat 45'minutes
  • 2Whittaker
  • 4Martin
  • 5HanleySubstituted forMayat 66'minutes
  • 3Robertson
  • 6MaloneySubstituted forRussellat 81'minutes
  • 7MulgrewBooked at 46mins
  • 8BrownSubstituted forFletcherat 45'minutes
  • 11AnyaSubstituted forBannanat 61'minutes
  • 10Naismith
  • 9MartinSubstituted forMorrisonat 45'minutes


  • 12Gordon
  • 13Bryson
  • 14Berra
  • 15Morrison
  • 16Bannan
  • 17Dorrans
  • 18Greer
  • 19Fletcher
  • 20Burke
  • 21Gilks
  • 22Russell
  • 23May
  • 24MacLeod
  • 25Forsyth
  • 26Paterson


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 5CahillSubstituted forJagielkaat 45'minutes
  • 6Smalling
  • 3ShawSubstituted forGibbsat 66'minutes
  • 4Milner
  • 7WilshereSubstituted forBarkleyat 87'minutes
  • 8DowningSubstituted forLallanaat 45'minutes
  • 11Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forLambertat 80'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 9WelbeckSubstituted forSterlingat 66'minutes


  • 12Chambers
  • 13Foster
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Walcott
  • 16Jagielka
  • 17Gibbs
  • 18Lambert
  • 19Sterling
  • 20Lallana
  • 21Barkley
  • 22Berahino
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Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamEngland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scotland 1, England 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scotland 1, England 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Stevie May (Scotland).

  4. Post update

    Phil Jagielka (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Johnny Russell (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (England).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Darren Fletcher (Scotland).

  8. Post update

    Ross Barkley (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Ross Barkley replaces Jack Wilshere.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Scotland) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Scotland 1, England 3. Wayne Rooney (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Scotland 1, England 2. Andrew Robertson (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

  13. Post update

    Darren Fletcher (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Scotland. Johnny Russell replaces Shaun Maloney.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Rickie Lambert replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  17. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Morrison (Scotland).

  20. Post update

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 18th November 2014

  • Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland4USAUSA1
  • ScotlandScotland1EnglandEngland3
  • JapanJapan2AustraliaAustralia1
  • SlovakiaSlovakia2FinlandFinland1
  • BelarusBelarus3MexicoMexico2
  • GreeceGreece0SerbiaSerbia2
  • SloveniaSlovenia0ColombiaColombia1
  • AustriaAustria1BrazilBrazil2
  • RomaniaRomania2DenmarkDenmark0
  • HungaryHungary1Football Union of RussiaFootball Union of Russia2
  • ArgentinaArgentina0PortugalPortugal1
  • ItalyItaly1AlbaniaAlbania0

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