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England and Scotland fans clash ahead of match

Thousands of fans are in London for the England v Scotland game. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

England and Scotland fans have clashed in Trafalgar Square ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley stadium.

Scuffles took place as thousands of football fans descended on the capital ahead of the Armistice Day game.

One fan was reportedly seen with a bloodied leg while at least one other Scottish supporter was taken away by ambulance from the scene.

About 14,000 Tartan Army supporters were expected to flock to London for the sell-out game which kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday.

There had been no arrests as of 4.30pm, the Metropolitan Police said, but there was a considerably increased police presence in the square.

Malta keeper Hogg reveals FIFA investigation into betting patterns

Malta keeper Andrew Hogg. Credit: PA

Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg has claimed a FIFA official visited their dressing room before a World Cup qualifier earlier this month to inform them of suspicious betting patterns.

The minnows played Lithuania in Vilnius on October 11 in England's group, losing the game 2-0 to two late goals.

Hogg said the Malta team were warned beforehand that an unusually large number of bets had been placed on the game - reported to be on Malta being defeated by two goals or more.

"It was strange and felt very uncomfortable as if we were being accused of cheating," Hogg told the Sun on Sunday.

"I knew I'd done absolutely nothing wrong and had no idea what they were talking about.

"In the event, there was nothing I could do about the goals. I made three or four good saves which show I was doing my best.

"I have absolutely nothing to hide."

Malta fell behind to a 76th-minute Fiodor Cernych goal before Arvydas Novikovas converted a penalty moments after Malta defender Jonathan Caruana was sent off by referee Jesus Gil Manzano in the 82nd minute.

FIFA is reported to have begun an investigation into the matter. No player or official is accused of any wrongdoing.

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