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Showing 7.45, 11.11.16: World Cup Qualifier – England vs Scotland

Wayne Rooney will captain England in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

The Manchester United forward was dropped for the 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt after injuring a knee, but midfielder Scott Brown is expected to recover from a dead leg.

England are top of Group F with seven points from their three games, three ahead of fourth-placed Scotland.

On 31-year-old Rooney, England interim manager Gareth Southgate said: “He’s in a better place than for the last get-together in terms of sharpness and confidence.

“He’s an experienced player for a game like this and there is no hesitation to be playing him.”

Southgate said Arsenal forward Theo Walcott may “disappear off at any time” as his wife is pregnant.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be carefully assessed after ending a seven-week lay-off because of an ankle injury by scoring in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

“The first thing we have to do with Harry is check how he is,” said Southgate. “It was great to see him back scoring and with a smile on his face at the end of the game.”

Source: BBC Sport

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