The international break is never really as exciting as it should be but there is a genuinely intriguing fixture this weekend, as England clash with the age-old enemy; Scotland.
Scotland, as the only nation from the British Isles not to enjoy a trip to the European Championships in the summer, have a lot to do in qualification for the World Cup in Russia, whilst England have had to battle a wealth of unsavoury incidents since the shocking defeat to Iceland.
For both nations, victory at Wembley on Friday could provide the catalyst towards a successful charge for a spot in the World Cup and Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass has risked the wrath of England supporters with his latest comments.
‘I think the full country does [what to see England lose]. That’s just the way we were brought up. I speak to English people and I don’t think they want England to do well because it’s the same old story all the time.’
‘That’s sad, actually, when you think about it, when everyone up here is rooting for you being Scottish and wanting the country to do well. It’s a different mentality. We want to get to tournaments, and for England it’s “we want to win it”.’
Snodgrass is expected to start for Scotland in this week’s crucial tie and a victory for the Scots would see them move level on points with England, whereas an England victory would extend the Three Lions’ advantage at the top of the pile.
It’ll be a major test for Scotland, as England are unbeaten in qualifying matches for a major tournament since a defeat to Ukraine in October 2009.