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Scotland fans show some cheek & let off flares hours before big game

ROWDY Scotland and England fans have flooded London in a sea of red, white and blue hours before the biggest clash in the Euros so far.

The capital has been invaded by Buckfast-swigging, kilt-wearing Tartan Army supporters ahead of tonight’s Auld Enemy match against England.

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Scotland fans let off flares outside London’s King’s Cross station todayCredit: Ian Whittaker

Scottish fans made their voices heard yesterday as they overtook parks and landmarks in a boozy display, chanting: “We’ll destroy the English b******s”.

And the raucous behaviour has carried on today with some cheeky fans revealing what a true Scotsman wears under their kilt by baring their backsides.

Others have started letting off flares to choruses of “Yes sir I can boogie” – famously sung by the Scots team as they qualified for the Euros.

And England fans have already started making the pilgrimage to Wembley covered in damp St George’s flags.

Smoke filled the air as the Scots made their presence known

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Smoke filled the air as the Scots made their presence knownCredit: Ian Whittaker
Thousands have made the journey across the border today

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Thousands have made the journey across the border todayCredit: Ian Whittaker
One lad shows his Scottish credentials off by baring his backside

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One lad shows his Scottish credentials off by baring his backsideCredit: PA

The stormy weather hasn’t dampened anyone’s spirits with pubs already filled with the Tartan Army.

And London stations are packed with Scotland supporters spilling out of sold-out trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Around 20,000 fans have made the trip across the border in a huge display of support for their team.

But Scotland have been allocated less than 3,000 tickets for the sellout 21,500 qualifier at Wembley.

Leicester Square is overrun by the tartan army

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Leicester Square is overrun by the tartan armyCredit: PA
The Auld Enemy game kicks off at 8pm tonight

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The Auld Enemy game kicks off at 8pm tonightCredit: PA
London has become a sea of blue and white

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London has become a sea of blue and whiteCredit: AP

The oldest fixture in international football is steeped in history – with the last time England took on the Scots in the Euros way back in 1996.

Gazza marked his winning goal with his infamous dentist chair celebration as the Three Lions went on to win 2-0.

Wembley historically hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Scotland – with England beating the Auld Enemy 18 times in 32 games at the stadium.

The last time the two teams met at Wembley saw Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill steering England to a 3-0 win for the World Cup qualifier in 2016.

Scotland fans had been urged not to travel without tickets or having arranged a safe place to watch the game.

England fans are also making the trip to the capital

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England fans are also making the trip to the capitalCredit: Ian Whittaker
Fans put aside their differences to pose together outside King's Cross

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Fans put aside their differences to pose together outside King’s CrossCredit: Ian Whittaker
Scottish fans shelter from the rain in London

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Scottish fans shelter from the rain in LondonCredit: PA

The Met Police were forced to issue a 48-hour dispersal order in central London yesterday allowing officers to remove troublemakers from the streets.

Thousands of boozed-up fans wearing kilts and Scotland jerseys were chanting “we hate f***ing England”.

Others were seen jumping up onto the William Shakespeare fountain in Leicester Square while others partied in Hyde Park.

One naked Scottish fan was led away from his party in Hyde Park ahead of the match tonight.

Scotland lost their first qualifier to the Czech Republic 2-0 on Monday, the day after England beat Croatia 1-0.

The teams last played competitively in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with England winning 3-0 at Wembley and the teams drawing 2-2 at Hampden.

Scotland and England played each other in a friendly at the end of each season for decades.

But the traditional joust was scrapped over repeated crowd trouble.

Buckfast was the drink of choice for most Scots

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Buckfast was the drink of choice for most ScotsCredit: Ian Whittaker
The rain hasn't dampened anyone's spirits

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The rain hasn’t dampened anyone’s spiritsCredit: PA
Fans sing and chant at King's Cross

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Fans sing and chant at King’s CrossCredit: Ian Whittaker
Scotland fans singing into the night at Leicester Square in London ahead of England clash



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