It's extremely rare that Adrian Chiles makes a relevant observation. ANd, it's equally rare that he'll make a sensible suggestion.

But, to his credit, the idea of creating an annual England v Scotland friendly might not be such a bad one.

In spite of a pedestrian first-half performance from Roy Hodgson's men, a determined Scotland outfit forced the home side to dig in and play some occasionally half-decent football.

The Tartan Army played with real intent, and in spite of their questionable defending from set pieces, James Morrison's early goal set the game alight, and encouraged the Three Lions to attack.

Debutant Rickie Lambert will be delighted after emphatically dispatching Leighton Baines' corner with his first touch for his country, despite missing two golden opportunities to double his tally late on.

England looked suspect at the back, Joe Hart fumbling Morrison's shot for Scotland's first goal, and Gary Cahill comfortably turned by Kenny Miller for the second, but the fast-paced nature of the game will serve as good practice for the real thing.

Put simply, all-too-often we see dry, lifeless international friendlies being played at Wembley, and contests like this are refreshing and purposeful in the run-up to a qualifier.

Although England will undoubtedly face more robust opposition, the atmosphere and spectacle this game created can only be a good thing.

Hats off to you Chiles, make sure you put a word in with the F.A.

 

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