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Tackle Scots for first time

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By TREVOR WIL­LIAMS

GARY CAHILL can­not wait for the re­newal of football’s old­est in­ter­na­tional ri­valry when his Eng­land side face Scot­land next week.

The “Auld En­e­mies” were first at each other’s throats in 1872 and – apart from the war years – played an­nu­ally un­til 1989.

Since then the two coun­tries have met on only three oc­ca­sions.

The 111th clash, in a friendly at Wem­b­ley next Wed­nes­day, will be a unique oc­ca­sion for a new gen­er­a­tion of play­ers – and some­thing Cahill can­not wait to ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is an ex­cit­ing prospect,” said the Chelsea and Three Lions cen­tre-half

“It is the sense of the oc­ca­sion and the at­mos­phere you look for­ward to the most.

“It is the lo­cal ri­valry that gets your mouth wa­ter­ing.

Folk­lore

“Ev­ery­body is look­ing for­ward to the fix­ture and no doubt the buildup will be big.”

Cahill added: “Peo­ple al­ways say there is no such thing as a friendly. But this def­i­nitely won’t be. Both teams will be go­ing at it to get a re­sult.”

Cahill was only nine when Paul Gas­coigne lifted the ball over Colin Hendry’s head and drilled it past Andy Go­ram in the group stages of Euro 96 – a goal that has gone down in English foot­balling folk­lore.

“I have vague mem­o­ries of that game from the high­lights I have seen, es­pe­cially that goal,” Cahill said. “It has been a long time.” Eng­land face vi­tal World Cup qual­i­fiers against Moldova and Ukraine in Septem­ber.

And Cahill is buoyed go­ing into the clashes – es­pe­cially af­ter his im­pres­sive per­for­mance along­side Phil Jagielka in the 2-2 with Brazil at the Mara­cana in June.

“I feel very con­fi­dent play­ing with Jags,” he said.

“Be­cause we have played to­gether for the last cou­ple of games, peo­ple seem to think we have been do­ing it for ages.

“But it has only been the last cou­ple of games. I do en­joy play­ing with him, though, and we’ve done well when we have played to­gether.”

PART­NER­SHIP: Jagielka

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