Nottingham Forest supporters will turn their attention to supporting England tonight as they face Scotland at Wembley in the latest Euro 2020 clash.

Both teams need maximum points for very different reasons. England will qualify for the knockout stages with a win, whilst Scotland face an early exit should they lose.

The game kicks off at 8pm this evening and Wembley promises to be a cauldron of noise as the England v Scotland rivalry resumes.

England defeated Croatia on Sunday in their opening game of the competition. Gareth Southgate’s men secured the win thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal in the second half.

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England take on Scotland at Wembley tonight; Photo; Simon Stacpoole; Offside; Offside; Getty Images

Tonight’s game should be a classic and played in true derby-day spirits.

Ahead of the big kick-off we looked at five things for Nottingham Forest supporters to look out for when England take on Scotland.

Scott McKenna

The 24-year-old Forest defender is unlikely to start the game at Wembley, although he should get to sample the England v Scotland atmosphere from the bench.

He was an unused substitute as Scotland lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in their opening fixture.

McKenna enjoyed a superb maiden season in English football, featuring 25 times for the Reds.

The Adonis-like defender has 21 caps for his country and will hope to get on the pitch tonight.

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McKenna will hope to feature for Scotland; Photo; Christian Kaspar-Bartke; Getty Images

His best chance of a piece of the action would be if Scotland held a lead going into the closing stages.

Steve Clarke may then choose to throw him into the action to try and preserve their advantage.

Forest-linked stars

There will be a plethora of talent on display tonight during Scotland’s trip to England.

In both camps there will be players who have been linked with Forest in the past but failed to sign on the dotted line at the City Ground.

John McGinn

The trickster was the subject of a failed £750,000 bid by Forest back in 2017.

Mark Warburton was desperately keen to sign him but the Reds wouldn’t stump up the £2.5 million asking price.

He eventually signed for Aston Villa and is now a solid Premier League player.

Che Adams

The Southampton forward was linked with a loan move to Forest back in January 2020 (Telegraph).

Both the Reds and Leeds United were keen on a loan deal for the young Saints ace.

 

Interestingly though he chose to stay with the Premier League outfit and has earned himself a chance in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.

During 2020/21 he scored nine goals and registered five assists.

Billy Gilmour

The Chelsea marvel is another player who was linked with Reds, with this link emerging in October 2019.

Interestingly, shortly after this link did the rounds, Gilmour earned a chance to shine at Chelsea.

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Scotland star Gilmour was previously a target for Forest; Photo; Ian MacNicol; Getty Images

He’s now viewed as one of the most exciting young talents in the Scotland ranks and he could start tonight.

Declan Rice

The England man told FourFourTwo earlier this year that he was once eyed by Forest on loan.

It’s a link that in hindsight was never going to bear any fruit for the Reds.

Aston Villa and West Brom also wanted him but from the moment he first played for West Ham he’s looked like becoming a star in the making.

Derby County players: Past and present

There will also be a couple of Derby County names from past and present that Forest fans will recognise this evening when the game gets underway.

David Marshall

The man tasked with keeping the ball out of the England goal tonight has been the Derby number one during 2020/21.

Marshall was in the news this week after he allowed Patrik Schick to score from the halfway line during Scotland’s opener.

He didn’t cover himself in glory against Forest earlier this season either.

The 36-year-old allowed James Garner’s weak effort to slide into the net when the Reds drew 1-1 with the Rams in February.

England will fancy their chances against the hapless Rams keeper this evening.

Mason Mount

Now starring for Chelsea, Derby supporters love to tell you how his season-long loan spell at Pride Park helped make him the player he is.

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Mount has played for Derby, with Rice a former target of Forest; Photo; Shaun Botterill; UEFA/UEFA; Getty Images

Mount scored 11 goals and claimed six assists as Derby reached the Championship play-off final during 2018/19.

Fast forward two seasons and he fired nine goals and nine assists for Chelsea as they won the Champions League Final in May.

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