Our football match prediction:
Wembley Stadium will host the match between England and Scotland. The Three Lions aim to return to winning ways in Group F after they shared the spoils with Slovenia in October, but the hosts will have to prove their worth on the field. Sam Allardyce is no longer in charge of England and it remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate is capable of helping the team book their place at the 2018 World Cup finals. The Three Lions are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the qualifiers and we would not be surprised if Scotland fail to score in Friday’s football match. Gordon Strachan’s men experienced all sorts of problems in a 3-0 loss to Slovakia and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. In previous two meetings between the two teams (friendly games) England emerged triumphant and Gareth Southgate’s men are likely to extend their winning run against Scotland.
Highlighted Player (Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later. The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite. Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions. England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age. Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.