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Scotland to Face the “Auld Enemy” – In World Cup Qualifier

World Cup 2018: England and Scotland drawn together

England and Scotland have been drawn in the same group for qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The two sides will also face Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Lithuania in Group F after the draw in St Petersburg.

It is the first time England and Scotland have been drawn together to play a World Cup match, although the home nations championship did act as a qualifying competition for the 1950 and 1954 World Cups.

gordonstrachan  Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager, watched the draw at Hampden    Park and said: “There must have been some sort of intervention there,  because the sun came out and England got pulled out of the pot at the  same time and the place erupted.

The Scotland boss said: “Just as the sun came out in Glasgow, we heard we will play England. “I can see why the fans are celebrating, it’s a fantastic fixture.

royhodson2 England Manager Roy Hodgson said “There was always a chance we  were going to get a local derby with Scotland, Northern Ireland and the  Republic of Ireland all a possibility,” he told BBC Sport following the  draw.

He went on to say,“The Scotland fixture really does excite people. We  have got recent experience of what the atmosphere will be like. The games will excite the public, get people in the mass media excited too, it is a good draw all round – I think Scotland will be happy with it and we are happy with it.

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