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Tor has got in touch and said: “I’m emailing you from an overly-fancy restaurant in central Manchester where I have been dragged to a work event. I’d much rather be in the sports bar round the corner watching the match, so I’m retaliating by watching it on iPlayer. However it does have the benefit of truly excellent snacks – the dim sum is incredible.” A fancy restaurant sounds quite nice to me and the snacks equally so, maybe make your excuses in 15 minutes so you can get a good atmosphere around you.

For more insight on the story have a read of Suzy Wrack’s piece:

There has been some discussion around Scotland letting England win in order for Team GB to keep Olympic qualification hopes alive but that has been rubbished by captain Rachel Corsie. She said: “Truthfully I think it is so disrespectful. To have played for my country for as many years as I have – to know the girls that sit in there, the ones that want to be here, the ones who can’t be here through injury – I think it is absolutely outrageous to question anyone’s integrity and I think it is a huge insult to us.” Read the full story:

England will know the target to reach the Nations League finals and there could be a temptation to throw everything at it from the first whistle but Keira Walsh has spoken this week about being composed: “For me nothing changes, but we’re aware we’ve got to be on the front foot. Equally, they’ve got some good attacking players as well, so we have to be aware of that. We play our best game when we keep possession and create opportunities that are measured, it’s not just about throwing balls in the box. It’s about being controlled and picking the best opportunities.” Read the full story:

Snack chat is back! Let me know what tasty treats you are having while watching the game this evening, I have gone with strawberry laces. Did anyone else used to have a race to see who could eat them the fastest? Anyway, email me to get in touch!

If Sandy MacIver is called upon from the bench it will be the first time she has played against former team England. MacIver switched allegiances in October and only won one cap for England, which came in 2021.

So proud to wear the Scotland shirt for the first time and be part of this team. No better place to do that than Hampden Park 💫

Disappointed with the result and not to come away with anything but still 2 games left to play for

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us💙

— Sandy Mac (@SandyMacIver_) November 1, 2023Beth Mead makes her first England start since she injured her ACL over a year ago tonight. Sarina Wiegman will be hoping she can continue her glittering form to fire her side to the Nations League finals.

Photograph: Nigel French/Getty Images/AllstarThe team news is in! Scotland have made four changes to the starting side who drew 1-1- with Belgium last Friday including a change at goalkeeper with Lee Gibson in for sandy MacIver.

Scotland: Gibson, Docherty, Mukandi, Corsie, Kerr, Hanson, Evans, McLauchlan, Clark, Emslie, Cuthbert

England, meanwhile, have made two changes from the starting team who beat the Netherlands 3-2 last Friday. Esme Morgan and Beth Mead come in for Jess Carter and Chloe Kelly. The team are still without Millie Bright because of a knee injury and so Mary Earps once again takes the captaincy duties.

England: Earps, Bronze, Charles, Walsh, Greenwood, Morgan, Mead, Stanway, Kirby, James, Hemp.

PreambleGood evening and welcome to the Women’s Nations League match between Scotland and England which will determine if Team GB’s hopes to compete in women’s football at the 2024 Games are still alive.

In order to qualify England will have to top the group, which they are not at the moment as the Netherlands are top on goal difference. That means if both England and the Netherlands win this evening, England will have to beat Scotland by three goals or more. If the Netherlands lose or draw to Belgium, all England will have to do is beat Scotland to qualify for the Nations League finals.

There has been a lot of debate about the strange position Scotland find themselves in tonight. If they beat their rivals England then their own chance of playing in the Olympics will be over. But anyone who knows anything about this rivalry will know there is no chance Scotland would intentionally lose to England. I will bring you more from this story shortly, including player reactions.

For now let’s have a look at the team news which should be dropping imminently ahead of kick-off at 7.45pm GMT.

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