Scotland v England

Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths (right) shoots for goal against England at Wembley
World Cup qualifier: Scotland v England
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 10 June Kick-off: 17:00 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland, live text commentary on BBC Sport website

    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is fit to face England as Scotland host the Group F leaders in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

    Griffiths sat out training on Monday, but assistant manager Mark McGhee said he has since returned and that Gordon Strachan has a fully-fit squad.

    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy pulled out of the England squad with a “minor injury” picked up in training.

    Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne was an earlier withdrawal.

    Scotland, fourth in the six-team Group F, are six points behind unbeaten leaders England with five games remaining.

    McGhee said earlier this week that they have not given up hope of topping the group, but to do so they must end a run of three defeats against England.

    Strachan’s side, who have won two of their opening five games, are more realistically hoping to be one of the runners-up who will go into the qualification play-offs.

    However, the head coach believes his side are capable of ending the Three Lions’ long run without losing a qualification fixture.

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    Strachan is almost certain to continue with one striker, with the choice likely to be between Griffiths, who started November’s 3-0 defeat at Wembley, or Derby County’s Chris Martin, who scored in the 1-0 win over Slovenia in March.

    “People say he’s only playing one striker, but sometimes you play with three and two of them are wide,” stressed Strachan.

    “Playing with Steven Naismith and Shaun Maloney, they were strikers rather than midfielders playing wide.”

    Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is likely to again be asked to switch to the right, as he did against Slovenia, despite Derby’s Ikechi Anya being praised for his performance at Wembley.

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    Should he play, Tierney, who turned 20 on Monday, will play with a protective gum shield because a facial injury that forced him to be substituted in the Scottish Cup final win over Aberdeen.

    “He just gets on with life and I think he’s relishing every game,” said Strachan. “At this moment, life is fantastic for him.

    “When you see him off the training ground, he has a wonderful smile. But that smile has to be looked after during the training sessions, that’s for sure.”

    Scotland v England – last six meetings
    Nov 2016: England 3-0 Scotland (WCQ) Nov 1999: England 0-1 Scotland (ECQ)
    Nov 2014: Scotland 1-3 England (F) Nov 1999: Scotland 0-2 England (ECQ)
    Aug 2013: England 3-2 Scotland (F) Jun 1996: England 2-0 Scotland (EC)

    When did Scotland last beat England? – pre-match stats

    • England have won 48, Scotland 41 and 24 have been drawn in previous meetings
    • England have won the last three meetings between the sides, scoring three goals each time
    • Scotland last defeated England in 1999, 1-0 at Wembley
    • England are unbeaten in their last four visits to Scotland
    • Scotland are unbeaten in their last five home games
    • England last lost a tournament qualifier in October 2009

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    Scotland squad

    Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), David Marshall (Hull City)

    Defenders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen), Andrew Robertson (Hull City), Kieran Tierney (Celtic)

    Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)

    Forwards: Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Steven Naismith (Norwich City)

    England squad

    Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

    Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

    Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

    Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

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