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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 15, 2013
LONDON---Wearing traditional kilts and
bonnets, thousands of Scotland football
fans descended on London s Trafalgar
Square on Wednesday ahead of their
homeland s first game in 14 years against
neighbour and fierce rival England.
The match at Wembley Stadium comes
13 months before Scotland stages a refer-
endum on whether to break away from
the United Kingdom after more than 300
years of political union with England.
Pro-independence "Yes" signs were
plastered onto lion statues in the shadow
of Nelson s Column and Scotland s blue-
and-white Saltire flag covered walls just
a few hundred meters (yards) from Prime
Minister David Cameron s Downing Street
Police officers kept their distance at the
edges of the square, allowing fans to down
beer and climb into fountains, with bag-
pipes setting the tone for a party atmos-
phere in the sun.
There was no major crowd trouble but
a 23-year-old man was arrested for being
drunk and disorderly after police said he
was spotted dancing naked in the fountain.
Two people were taken to a hospital
with head injuries after falling from around
Nelson s Column.
Around 25,000 fans are estimated to
have made the journey south for the 111th
match against the "Auld Enemy" since the
two countries first official meeting on the
football pitch in 1872.
International football s oldest rivals were
forced to scrap their annual friendly match-
es in 1989 due to hooliganism. They pre-
viously had been called off only during
the World Wars.
The three matches between the cross-
border rivals since then have taken place
because they were drawn to face each other
in official competitions. The last was in
The English Football Association said a
considerable amount of "intelligence-led
work" has been carried out with police to
prepare for the influx of fans from north
of the border. Scottish police sent spe-
cialised hooligan spotters to London to
work alongside the local force.
For many Scotland players and fans, the
chance to face England is a high point for
a national team---currently ranked 50th by
FIFA---that has never won a major tour-
nament and hasn t qualified for the World
Cup since 1998. Its more populous neigh-
bour, though, is ranked 14th and on course
to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
LONDON---Rickie Lambert made a goal-
scoring England debut at the age of 31
yesterday, clinching a 3-2 victory over
Scotland as international football s oldest
rivals met for the first time in 14 years.
After England twice came from behind
through Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck,
Lambert produced the winner in the 70th
minute, powering a header into the net
four minutes after coming off the bench.
The striker was called up for the first
time by coach Roy Hodgson after the for-
mer beetroot factory worker capped his
rise from the fourth tier to the Premier
League by scoring 15 goals for Southampton
The goal spared England from being
humbled by its neighbour in the 111th
match between the sides after James Mor-
rison and then Kenny Miller put Scotland
in front. Yet, the England camp will have
concerns about how the defense was
breached twice---the first time after goal-
keeper Joe Hart s blunder---with key World
Cup qualifiers coming up.
England is second in its World Cup qual-
ifying group, two points behind Montene-
gro with five games remaining. In Sep-
tember, England hosts Moldova before
traveling to Ukraine.
While England is in the hunt still for a
spot in Brazil next year, Scotland is already
out of the running to qualify for its first
major tournament since 1998.
Despite Scotland being ranked 36 spots
below England in 50th place, that gulf
wasn t always evident on the Wembley
Stadium pitch as the hosts relied on a new-
comer to recover the victory in a game
that was a friendly in name only.
Lambert was brought off the bench to
replace Wayne Rooney, who played despite
being missing all of Manchester United s
official pre-season games and Sunday s
Community Shield with injuries that coin-
cided with his failed bid to leave the Premier
Although Rooney managed to get
through 66 minutes he lacked match fitness
and only came close to scoring in the open-
ing minutes when he made a weak con-
nection with Leighton Baines cross.
The one position on the pitch England
appeared to have resolved was between
the posts, but goalkeeper Joe Hart has
started to show signs of weakness in the
last year and was left red-faced in the 11th
minute. A corner was only half-cleared by
Walcott and Morrison sent in a powerful
shot that Hart let go under him after
attempting to block it with his body.
Morrison played for England s youth
teams through to the under-20s before
It took England until the 29th minute
to level, with Walcott racing forward to
connect with Tom Cleverley s through ball
to score his first international goal at the
national stadium. England, though, was
sloppy at times and the complacency was
exposed inside four minutes of the second
Alan Hutton crossed from the right and
Miller brought the ball down with his chest,
and was left in space by Gary Cahill to
lash the ball into the net on the turn.
England, though, managed a quick
response in the 53rd.
Lambert's debut goal gives
England win vs Scotland
Scotland's Kenny Miller, right, celebrates after he scores a
goal during the international friendly soccer match
between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium in
London, yesterday AP PHOTO
Thousands of Scotland fans descend on London
Scotland's fans pose for pictures as they celebrate in
central London's Trafalgar Square, yesterday, ahead of
their team's soccer match against England, at Wembley
Stadium late Wednesday. Scotland's supporters are
collectively known as the Tartan Army and Scotland has
a longstanding rivalry with England. AP PHOTO
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