With the big independence referendum imminent, Pies thought we'd take a timely look back at the vast schism that already exists between England and Scotland in football terms beginningwith the first ever fixture between the two countries in 1870 and ending with Gazza's audacious, mercurial tomfoolery at Euro '96.
With Wembley stadium or at least the new incarnation of it taking an awful lot of flak over the course of the week after a record low crowd turned out for England's dull-as-ditchwater friendly against Norway, we thought it'd be nice to remind ourselves of the damned thing's origins.
The tug-and-pull situation the world's top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport's players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level and, depending on the nation's success, the competition for both can be equally as fierce.
Angel Di Maria's departure from Real Madrid hasn't proven to be the cleanest of breaks, with the player caught in a continuing tit-for-tat sniping war with the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez.
Coming afterPerezrecently declaredhe only allowed Di Maria to leave for Manchester United due to his greedy wage demands, the 26-year-old winger has responded claiming Perez sent a letter to the Argentina World Cup camp on the morning of the final, forbidding Di Mariato play.
In whatis almost certain to go down as one of theoddest managerial appointments in recent memory, the Jordanian FA (JFA) have announced that Ray Wilkins has taken over as the head coach of their national side.
He's already nickedhis free-kick technique, his hair-cut, his employers and his ridiculously hewn physiquein recent times, but now Gareth Bale has even half-inched Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark goal celebration after scoring his first goal for Wales against Andorra last night with a budget version of Ronaldo's leap.
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The official line is that the sprinkler system malfunctioned at an inopportune time, but we'd just like to echo the sentiments of Vine creator Ben Roach and offer a humble doff of our caps to the groundsman who gave Adrian Chiles and his ITV punditry cronies a good old fashioned pitchside soaking at St Jakob-Park last night.
During Germany's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifier win over Scotland on Sunday eve, James Morrison and Christoph Kramer (he of "long range nutmeg" fame) went old school in their bid to ascertainwhich side would retain possession following an injury to Marco Reus.
Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 7th August 2014
Everton's Aiden McGeady was the hero for Martin O'Neill's Irish side in Georgia on Sunday, with the Everton winger netting a match-winning brace.
McGeady's opener, on 23 minutes, was the first goal of the whole Euro 2016 tournament but the hosts were soon level, courtesy of a superb solo effort fromTornike Okriashvili which left Ireland goalie David Forde helpless.
With the Maltese national side lining up to observe their national anthem before Thursday night's friendly against Slovakia, the DJ at theTa' Qali National Stadium obviously got his tape cassettes mixed up and instead blasted 'Numb' by Linkin Park over the stadium speakers much to the amusement (and bemusement) of everybody present.
The great Zlatan finally secured the all-time goal-scoring record for Sweden on Thursday night, bagging a brace in a friendly against Estonia.
There were question marks over whether his first of the night (his 49th for Sweden) actually crossed the line at all but his second was, unsurprisingly, a snazzy effort with the big man back-heeling the back into the Estonian net.
England 1-0 Norway International Friendly 3rd September 2014
A late Wayne Rooney penalty gave England a win they hardly deserved against Norway on Wednesday night. The Three Lions, playing in a half-empty Wembley, toiled against an organised Norway side with Joe Hart probably the Three Lion's best performer on the night.
Ever the caddish rapscallion, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked that he deserves to be banned for 40 matches after David Alaba ran face-first into his elbow during the early knockings of Sweden's 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifier draw with Austria on Monday evening.
In closing Ibrahimovicdown from behind, Alaba was caught in the face by the Swedish striker'smighty pointy bitand sent sprawling to the deck though whether the collision was intentional on Zlatan's part is very much doubtful.
It's our sad duty to report that Gibraltar, UEFA's newest member country, lost 7-0 to Poland in their maiden Euro 2012 qualifier last night, though that shouldn't come as much of a surprise when you factor in that Robert Lewandowski et al were tasked with scoring against a back five that included a shipping agent, a policeman and a warehouse storeman.
With Wayne Rooney officially installed as England's new skipper, Roy Hodgson has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway at Wembley on 3rd September and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland five days later.
Three cheers for Daniel Agger, who has once again proved that almost all Scandinavians are awesome by stumping up the cash to send the Danish homeless national side to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.
The eight members of the Danish side were 20,000 krone (around £2,100) short of the required funds to get themselves to Santiago for the tournament, with Agger hearing of their struggles and agreeing to top up their kitty from his own pocket.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has requested that Google removed all references and ratings of his underwhelming performance for Belgium against Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup under the European Union's "right to be forgotten" ruling.
Belgium lost the game 0-1 with Hazard largely criticised for failing to make any kind of impact despite his billing as one of the tournament's top stars.
After being asked for signed shirt to raffle off in order to raise the necessary funds, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hascut out the middle man and simply donated the entire wodge of money required to send Sweden's "mildly mentally retarded" (we've no idea if that's the official team title, but we're at the mercy of Google translate here) men's national team to their World Cup.
As you may or may not be aware, Maicon was dropped from the Brazil squad and sent home earlier this morning,with the official line being that the full-back had been axed for a "serious breach of discipline".
It has since emerged just what the aforementioned "serious breach" entailed and, frankly, it's really rather disgusting.
Neymar once again came in for some seriously "rough" treatment during Friday evening'sfriendly against Colombia in Miami, withBrazilian football's most precious-est princess in the whole wide world being battered from pillar to post by horrible jealous bigoted defenders who just refused to let him be his fabulous brilliant self all night.
Looks like seven months out of the game haven't dulled Nicklas Bendtner's predatory instincts in front of goal, with the Danish striker giving the home crowd a little something to cheer about with a trademark flourish during his side's 1-2 defeat against Turkey last night.
And lo, so it begins. The Arsenal injury train just keeps on a-rollin'.
Signed for £16million on deadline day as anemergency replacement for the injuredOlivier Giroud, word is leaking out from the England camp that Danny Welbeck has suffered an injury of his very own while training with England at London Colney yesterday.
By 'eck, the "Golden Generation™" are dropping like flies. First Steven Gerrard throws in the towel and now Frank Lampard goes and announces that he's retiring from international football with immediate effect at the grand old age of 36.
Remember, that Golden™ midfield pairing that famously couldn't operate on the same pitch as each other?
Good news gfor those who are invested in this kind of thing: Wembley has been selected to host both the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 following today's UEFA ExCo (executive committee) vote in Geneva.
It was a straight choice between Wembley and the Allianz Arena for final hosting duties, with the ExCo eventually deciding in favour of the FA's prize pig.
With the Asian Games kicking off over the weekend, it would appear that the Thailand FA weren't overly optimistic about their women's side's chances at the competition especially if their financial incentive scheme is anything to go by.
Indeed, the entire Thailand squad were bestowed with aconsiderable cash bonus following their opening game against South Korea as a reward for only losing 5-0.
The moment Wayne Rooney found out it was pie week on the Bake Off
With a record seven-year low attendance at Wembley already well publicised, the stupefyingly mawkish spectacle that was England's friendly against Norway suffered yet more ignominy by being resolutely trounced in last night's television ratings by an hour of plummy folksapplying egg-washes to various pastries.
Having taken time out from looking afterhis Tamagotchi and blastingrad wheelies on his bike to rip up the Tippeligaen for the last couple of months, it now looks likeStromsgodset's teenage sensationMartin Odegaard is pretty much nailed-on to become Norway's youngest ever international player at the grand old age of 15.
How many bloody awards are there these days in football!? Well, UEFA's dismally named "Best Player In Europe Award" for 2014 has thrown up the trio of World Cup winning sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer, World Cup diver Arjen Robbenand World Cup flopping muscle-Mary Cristiano Ronaldo as the players shortlisted for the award this year.