Make the Scotland v England football fixture an annual event again

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England v Scotland is the world's oldest international football fixture, and the oldest international football rivalry. The annual meeting between the two sides was once an eagerly awaited event on the sporting calendar.

While the Rugby Union teams for both countries have the opportunity to compete for the Calcutta Cup in the Six Nations every year, returning the football fixture to the footballing calendar would give football fans on both sides of the border something more to look forward to. The organised hooliganism that was largely responsible for having the annual meeting between the two teams cancelled in 1989 is not the same problem today as it was in the 1970's and 80's.

The Scotland team have declined since the 1998 World Cup, failing to qualify for any subsequent major tournament and England haven't made it past the quarter final of a major tournament since 1996, but recent meetings between the two teams (especially those in 2013 and 2017) have proven that the fixture can still be competitive in modern times. The passion a Scotland v England match can fuel in both sets of fans is another reason to have it brought back.



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