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World Cup 2018: England play hosts to Scotland on Remembrance Day

By Martyn Ziegler

Published 27/07/2015

England manager Roy Hodgson
England manager Roy Hodgson

England's World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley will be held on the evening of Remembrance Day, it has been announced.

The match will take place on Friday November 11, 2016, with a 7.45pm kick-off. The return match will take place at Hampden Park on Saturday June 10 2017, with a kick-off time of 5pm.

England will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign away against Slovakia, with a home match against Malta and another trip to Slovenia before they meet the Scots. Scotland's first qualifier will be away against Malta.

England will conclude their campaign away to Lithuania on October 8, 2017, with Scotland rounding off their fixtures in Slovenia the same evening.

England manager Roy Hodgson has no fears about filling Wembley for England's World Cup qualifiers - so long as the national team play good football.

Apart from the obvious attraction of the game against Scotland in November next year, England's other Group F opponents are less than glamorous - Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

Hodgson insists all the England games can be a big draw to fans - as was the case when the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia in November drew a crowd of more than 82,000.

That was good news for the Football Association's coffers after the qualifier against San Marino the previous month saw a record low for a competitive game at the new Wembley of 55,990 spectators.

Hodgson, who is anticipating an "unbelievable" atmosphere for the Scotland games, said: "No, there will be no issue.

"Wembley will be filled if the qualifying group is in any way tight and it will certainly be filled if the England team is playing good football.

"If our young players can continue to progress and excite the public we won't have any problem filling Wembley.

"Furthermore, these days our friendly matches are played against such top-quality opposition so we can fill Wembley on those occasions too, so I don't have any reservations."

Hodgson also believes extra interest in the group will be stimulated by the Scotland matches, the first competitive meetings between the sides since a Euro 2000 play-off in 1999 where England won 2-1 on aggregate over two legs. He added: "The Scotland fixture stands out as it's the oldest rivalry among football nations and if the friendlies are anything to judge by they will be very exciting."

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