England vs. Scotland: Live team sheet

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England manager Roy Hodgson has decided to ring the changes for tonight's resumption of hostilities with neighbours Scotland in a marquee friendly international at Celtic Par, with Stewart Downing and Chris Smalling among those recalled.

Downing is the surprise name in the starting XI and has a first England start in more than two years as reward for an impressive return to form with West Ham United, one of six changes to the side which beat Slovenia 3-1 last weekend.

Three Lions skipper Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are familiar features in attack, but past that in-form strikeforce a trip north of the border represents a rare opportunity to experiment in a meaningful friendly for Hodgson.

Forster back in familiar surroundings

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is among the squad members given a chance to shine tonight, although the sizeable stopper is anything but a stranger to Celtic Park.

Forster spent four seasons as the last line of defence for Celtic, a move which gave him the platform to show Hodgson he deserved a regular spot in his England squads.

Smalling gets chance to find form

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling also returns to the England fold tonight, starting for the first time since his derby day disaster at the Etihad.

Smalling replaces Phil Jagielka to partner Gary Cahill in the centre of defence, while his club colleague Luke Shaw starts to win only his fourth cap.

Shaw replaces Kieran Gibbs at left-back, but the presence of Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensure that there's still a healthy core of Arsenal stars in an England team looking to end 2014 in style.

Scotland starting XI: Marshall, Whittaker, R.Martin, Hanley, Robertson, Maloney, Mulgrew, Brown, Naismith, Anya, C Martin

England starting XI: Forster; Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Shaw; Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner; Downing; Rooney, Welbeck

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