Pool coup: England v Scotland

BLACKPOOL FC have pulled off a major international coup, writes STEVE SIMPSON.

The Bloomfield Road ground has been chosen as a venue for a schoolboy international on Friday, November 26 when the cream of young British talent will be on view – England under-16s take on their counterparts from Scotland.

The match will be screened live by Sky, kick-off 7.35 pm.

A Blackpool spokesman said: "We are delighted to have been chosen."

It is also a vote of confidence in the new ground development – schoolboy authorities would have not have come near Bloomfield Road to stage such an important international when the ground was in its previous, down-at-heel state.

The ground has hosted international football before but not for several decades.

There was even a full international at Blackpool in 1932 when England faced Ireland.

The Football League regularly met the Irish League there in the 1930s in representative games, while there was an amateur international between England and Ireland in 1936.

• The match at Blackpool will see England and Scotland resuming rivalry in the Victory Shield.

Last year the two sides drew 1-1 at Hampden Park in the final match of the competition, a result which meant that they shared the trophy with a total of seven points each.

Northern Ireland and Wales also compete.