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Everyone’s saying the same thing about Gareth Southgate’s England team that will play Scotland

The Three Lions take on the Scots at Hampden Park, with five changes made to the line-up

It’s time to get excited by England again, folks.  

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are taking on Scotland at Hampden Park this afternoon, and the gaffer’s made five changes to the line-up that beat Lithuania 2-0 in March.

Take a look:

In an competitive XI, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Jake Livermore, Marcus Rashford and new captain Harry Kane come in, with Joe Hart keeping his place between the sticks.

Which has seemingly irked some folks on Twitter:

Sigh.

You can’t please everyone, eh?

Southate has opted for England’s longtime No 1 after his season-long loan with Torino, with Jack Butland, Tom Heaton and Fraser Forster on the bench.

All three of Hart’s understudies certainly have had decent seasons with their respective clubs, while Hart’s time in Serie A was a little inconsistent.

Meanwhile, Kane will make his first appearance for his country since 4 September 2016, with injury keeping him out of previous squads.

The Tottenham striker had a fantastic season in the Premier League, and won the Golden Boot with 29 goals.

Manchester United starlet Rashford is perhaps a surprise name on the teamsheet, with the teenager set to make his ninth appearance for England despite a quiet end to the season for the Red Devils.

Listening to Baddiel and Skinner, no doubt

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Listening to Baddiel and Skinner, no doubt

Scotland will be desperate for a win in this one, with Gordon Strachan’s side currently sat fourth in Group F, six points behind table-toppers England with five games still to go.

Following this afternoon’s game, England take on France in a friendly on Tuesday.

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