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Antagonism and conflict fuel England's rivalry with Scotland

From Scottish fans swinging triumphantly on the Wembley crossbar in 1977 to Paul Gascoigne's virtuoso goal at Euro 96, the volatile relationship between England and Scotland has produced moments of anarchy and beauty in equal measure.

First officially played in Glasgow in 1872, the clash is international football's oldest fixture, but meetings between the neighbouring nations have always been more than just a game.

The enmity on both sides of Hadrian's Wall is fuelled by political posturing and ancient tales of William Wallace leading the Scots in the First War of Independence against England in the 13th Century.

The desire of many in Scotland to regain independence from British governance remains an emotional issue in the post-Brexit era.

Despite Scots choosing to remain part of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum in 2014, pro-nationalist parties won a majority in Scottish parliament elections in May.

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