England to meet Scotland in 150th-anniversary friendly next year

England will face bitter rivals Scotland in a 150th anniversary ‘heritage match’ at Hampden Park next September, as the Three Lions release details for their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign

  • England have announced their fixtures for 2023 ahead of the Qatar World Cup
  • Gareth Southgate’s men will face Scotland in a special friendly next September
  • It will mark the 150th anniversary of the two rivals’ first ever meeting in 1872
  • That historic match is recognised by FIFA as the birth of international football 

England have announced they will face Scotland in a ‘150th Anniversary Heritage Match’ next year after confirming their full fixture list for 2023.

The current focus for Gareth Southgate’s men is on the upcoming winter World Cup in Qatar, which begins for them against Iran on November 21.

After last year’s devastating Euro 2020 final defeat, the Three Lions will be hoping to go one better this time around by getting their hands on a first major trophy since 1966 out in the Middle East.

England and Scotland will go head to head in a 150th Anniversary Heritage Match next year

Once the tournament comes to an end, however, Southgate and Co must turn their attention to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign and friendly matches next year.

One of those friendlies will come against Scotland in a special fixture to mark the 150th anniversary of their first ever meeting back in 1872 – which FIFA recognise as the birth of international football.

The old enemies played out a 0-0 draw on that historic day, and 150 years later international football’s longest rivalry will resume at Hampden Park.

Southgate is set to take his England players to Glasgow on September 12, three days after a Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine, to mirror the famous fixture in the very same city.

‘Any meeting with Scotland is always special,’ said Southgate.

England and Scotland contested the first ever international football match back in 1872

150 years on Gareth Southgate will take the Three Lions back to Glasgow for a special friendly

‘I imagine though that this occasion will be even more memorable as it celebrates such a landmark moment. Of course, ourselves and Scotland are the oldest of rivals and passions are sure to be high at Hampden but this milestone is much bigger than our two nations as it’s also an opportunity to celebrate 150 years of international football.

‘As we have been fortunate enough to experience across the last two major tournaments and hopefully again this winter, the international game has a unique power to bring people together and we should all feel honoured to have the opportunity to reflect on that.’

Scotland boss Steve Clarke said: ‘This fixture is enshrined in world football’s history – the first-ever international football match – and I will be proud to lead our team out at Hampden as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of our national game.

‘This next chapter of the oldest rivalry in football will be a special occasion for our players and fans, especially after the recent experience at Wembley during UEFA Euro 2020.


Italy (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Venue TBC – Thursday 23 March (7.45pm) 

Ukraine (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Wembley Stadium connected by EE – Sunday 26 March (5pm)

Malta (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Ta’ Qali Stadium – Friday 16 June (7.45pm) 

North Macedonia (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Old Trafford – Monday 19 June (7.45pm)

Ukraine (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Venue TBC – Saturday 9 September (5pm)

Scotland (150th Anniversary Heritage Match) – Hampden Park – Tuesday 12 September (7.45pm) 

Italy (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Wembley Stadium connected by EE – Tuesday 17 October (7.45pm)

Malta (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Wembley Stadium connected by EE – Friday 17 November (7.45pm)

North Macedonia (Euro 2024 qualifier) – Toše Proeski Arena – Monday 20 November (7.45pm)


‘We have an exciting UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying campaign ahead of us next year, along with promotion to UEFA Nations League Group A, and I’m sure playing England at Hampden Park will be a welcome addition to our programme of fixtures.’

England’s first outing in 2023 comes against Italy on March 23, before they host Ukraine at Wembley three days later.

A trip to Malta is then in store on June 16, with North Macedonia due to visit Old Trafford on June 19.

After fixtures against Ukraine and Scotland in September, the Three Lions face Italy (October 17) and Malta (November 17) at Wembley before going away to North Macedonia (November 20).

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