England v Scotland is the oldest rivalry in football and is likely to dominate the thoughts and feelings of football supporters across the UK over the coming hours and days.
What is not likely to be top of the headlines however, is the Notts County connection that will be on display this evening.
It’s been more than seven years since the magpies completed the great escape at Oldham under Shaun Derry and it will certainly be a day that no Magpies fan in attendance will ever forget.
A major part of the club’s revival that year were two loanees – Callum McGregor and Jack Grealish- who are set to be reunited at Wembley Stadium tonight.
When the pair joined the club in 2013, neither had a senior appearance to their name but very quickly found their feet at first-team level, playing 74 games between them in their season at meadow lane, chipping in with a combined 17 goals and 14 assists in the process.
Both players were signed originally by Chris Kiwomya, who’s time at the club can be appropriately described as short, unremarkable and uninspiring.
The club and it’s supporters, however, will, in hindsight, be grateful for this contribution that Kiwomya made to the team, which arguably kept them in League One for a further season.
McGregor’s Celtic career was under threat when he joined the club, 21 years of age and yet to make a first team appearance.
The Glaswegian has spoken in recent days about how vital his time in Nottingham was to his “footballing education.”
He made such a big impression on his parent club, he made his Hoops debut just six weeks after his Meadow Lane departure.
He has gone on to win every major trophy in Scotland, play in the Champions League and earn 32 caps for the Tartan Army.
Grealish joined the Magpies when considered one of the finest young English prospects in the country and pressure was on him to deliver immediately.
Whilst he took slightly longer than his Scottish former teammate to really establish himself in the team, his ability on the ball, flair and fearlessness quickly saw him become a fan favourite at the world’s oldest professional club.
His performances were so good, he made his Premier League debut only six days after his return to Aston Villa as a late substitute.
Seven years later, Grealish has been compared to England hero Paul Gascgoine, played his way into the England squad and captained Aston Villa to a mid-table finish in the Premier League.
Whilst both players rise has been remarkable, their performances and pedigree at the highest level is not a surprise to Notts fans who witnessed the sheer brilliance they demonstrated at a young age.
Great escape architect Shaun Derry recently described the pair as “the best young talents” that he had ever worked with.
Whilst football fans will be biting their nails this evening in the expectation of a gripping encounter between the ‘auld enemies,’ the reunion of two of Notts County’s greatest success stories on the biggest stage is sure to bring a smile to the faces of the Black and White Army, who witnessed the very first steps these two fantastic footballers took into senior football.