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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The England and Scotland football rivalry is a highly competitive sports rivalry that exists between the national football teams of the two countries. It is also the oldest international fixture in the world, first played in 1872 at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow. The close proximity of the neighbouring countries has led to much rivalry between the nations in many forms, and the social and cultural effects of centuries of antagonism and conflict between the two has contributed to the intense nature of the sporting contests. Scottish nationalism has also been a factor in the Scots' desire to defeat England above all other rivals, with the Scots referring to the English as the "Auld Enemy". The footballing rivalry has diminished somewhat since the late 1970s, particularly since the annual fixture stopped in 1989. England have developed rivalries with Germany and Argentina, which some England fans now consider to be more important than the historic rivalry with Scotland. Nonetheless, when there have been matches between the two nations, these have attracted great media attention, public interest and comment in both countries.
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