12/10/2013 09:00, Report by Nathan Thomas
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#10 - Champs conquered

A true United legend features at no.10 on our international countdown. Denis Law helped Scotland to a memorable victory over the 'auld-enemy' in 1967...

Players: Denis Law
Match: England 2-3 Scotland, Wembley, 1976

England vs Scotland is a rivalry that has spanned generations. Bygone days of conflict on the battlefield have transcended into many combative encounters on the football pitch. In the 1967 Home Championships, the Tartan Army converged on Wembley determined to beat world champions England on their own patch.

United's Denis Law, who had refused point-blank to watch England's 1966 World Cup final against West Germany, was at the centre of the action throughout. His desire to put England in their place was evident from the offset and this relentless determination reaped dividends as the 'King of the Stretford End' put Scotland 1-0 up within half-an-hour. 

Spurred on by their star centre-forward, Scotland stood firm and seemingly put the game to bed on 78 minutes through a Bobby Lennox goal. However, the game's second goal only served to prompt a flurry of finishes. Jack Charlton pulled one back for the Three Lions within six minutes before Jim McCalliog restored Scotland's two-goal advantage. And even a late strike from England World Cup hero Geoff Hurst was not be enough to prevent a victory that went down in Scottish football folklore.

After the match, the vociferous Tartan Army invaded the Wembley pitch, famously breaking one of the crossbars in what was a peculiar finish to a memorable day for Law and his Scottish cohorts.

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