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FA apologise for anti-IRA chanting

England were convincing winners over Scotland in Glasgow. Credit: PA

The Football Association has issued an apology after a section of England's supporters chanted an anti-IRA song throughout the first-half of Tuesday's international in Scotland.

A spokesman for the FA said: “We apologise for any offence caused by a section of the England support at the match with Scotland. The FA does not condone inappropriate and offensive chanting and intends to meet with supporters’ groups to discuss the wider issues.

“We have consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others - particularly from a religious or political perspective.

“With regard to the supporters’ band, there was contact during the match once the situation became clear. This is consistent with regular dialogue that takes place between the band and The FA.

“In also apologising, the band have given an explanation and confirmed they in no way endorse the chanting that occurred.”?

England band leader was 'unaware' of anti-IRA chant

England's band follow the team everywhere. Credit: PA

The leader of England's band was "unaware" of anti-IRA chants from England fans inside Celtic Park on Tuesday.

The FA were forced to contact the band during last night's international friendly between Scotland and England to prevent them from assisting with the offensive chant.

John Hemmingham, who formed England's band 21 years ago, told Press Assocation:

"We were absolutely not aware of it. All the fans around us were singing ’Follow England Away’. It was only when a band member saw on Twitter that some people were saying we were playing anti-IRA songs that we became aware. Then we immediately stopped and played something else.”

England announce Germany and France friendlies

England were beaten by Germany at Wembley in 2013. Credit: PA

England will play glamour friendlies against world champions Germany and France in the build-up to Euro 2016.

The Football Association announced on Wednesday that the Three Lions will host France on November 17 next year, and it also confirmed England will play a friendly in Germany in March 2016.

Negotiations are also under way regarding potential pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against Holland and Spain.

The FA has already announced fixtures against Italy for March next year and a fixture against the Republic of Ireland at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on June 7.

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Pair for Rooney helps England to victory over Scotland

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game during the International friendly at Celtic Park. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A pair of goals from captain Wayne Rooney helped England to a 3-1 win over their oldest rivals Scotland at Celtic Park.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed England in front in the 32nd minute and Rooney added a second two minutes into the second half.

Andy Robertson threatened to set up a frantic finish with an 82nd minute strike for Scotland, but Rooney settled it almost immediately after.

Thousands flock to Celtic Park for Auld Enemy clash

Around 5,000 England fans were expected at Celtic Park. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Thousands of football fans flocked to Celtic Park tonight as Scotland take on the Auld Enemy England on home turf for the first time in 15 years.

About 5,000 England supporters were expected to attend the friendly match in Glasgow, the latest instalment in the oldest fixture in international football.

There was a heightened police presence around the stadium, transport hubs and city centre but no reports of any football-related disorder as the 8pm kick-off approached.

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