With the upcoming friendly against Scotland, as part of the FA's 150th anniversary, fast approaching, let's see if the England team really do have home advantage when they play at the iconic stadium.

Looking at the results since the world-famous stadium was rebuilt it would be easy to conclude that indeed England do appear to have a considerable advantage when playing teams at home (as is to be expected).

However, the fact that England have only lost four matches since the reopening of the iconic stadium in March 2007 - and have beaten the likes of Brazil and reigning world and European champions Spain makes it an even greater feat. 

The four losses that England have suffered under the Wembley arch were to Germany in August 2007, France in November 2010, Netherlands in February 2012 and, most notably, Croatia in November 2007, which saw England fail to qualify for Euro 2008 under the leadership of Steve McClaren.

Possibly more impressive than this could be the fact that the England team have only failed to score in one match against minnows Montenegro in October 2010 and is surely further proof that the England team are difficult to beat at their home ground despite being able to take this momentum through to international tournaments.

Whilst it may be disheartening for England fans to see displays drop for World Cups and European Championships, they can take some heart from the fact that any opposition that England face at Wembley will be in for a tough test as has already shown.

So, despite the stadium being way over budget and late in its development, the wait has certainly proven to be worth it as the FA have not just built a magnificent stadium, they have also built a fortress for the England team.

 

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