Telegraph Fantasy Football: Who should make England's XI v Scotland based on their TFF 16/17 points?

England's best XI based on their TFF 16/17 points so far.
England's best XI based on their TFF 16/17 points so far.

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The pair haven't met in competitive action since the European Championship play-off matches back in November 1999, where England won 2-1 on aggregrate despite losing the second leg 1-0 at Wembley.

Paul Scholes scored both for the Three Lions in Glasgow, before Don Hutchinson was the match-winner in the return leg.

Gareth Southgate has selected a strong squad for the internationals, but has missed out some key players that have made blistering starts to the season in Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17. With that in mind, we've decided to take a look at who would make his starting XI if it were based on their TFF points alone, in comparison to who is likely to start in their place.

GK - Fraser Forster (31 points)

Okay fair enough, Joe Hart isn't playing in the Premier League this season, but even if his Torino performances counted, he wouldn't have scored as many points as Southampton's Fraser Forster.

The £3.2m rated keeper has made three clean sheets so far this season, earning a spot in 8.5% of TFF teams. 

Likely to start: Joe Hart (0 points)

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DEF - Kyle Walker (54 points)

Kyle Walker is England's first choice right back and his current form for Spurs won't be changing that any time soon. No defender has scored more points in Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17 than Walker, who has five clean sheets and three key contributions in his 11 appearances.

The £4.2m rated defender is one of the more expensive options available in that position, but that hasn't deterred the 19% of managers that have selected him.

Likely to start: Kyle Walker (54 points)

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DEF - Gary Cahill (52 points)

Gary Cahill, John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Chris Smalling are the regular contenders for England's two slots in central defence, but the Chelsea stalwhart has the most points of the four. 

Chelsea have kept six clean sheets this season and Cahill has chipped in with a goal too, as Antonio Conte's side have risen to second in the league.

Likely to start: Gary Cahill (52 points)

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DEF - Adam Smith (41 points)

Arguably the biggest surprise in this XI, and the one that is furthest from making the current England squad, is Bournemouth's right back Adam Smith. 

But if the team was based on TFF points there'd be a spot for the Cherries defender, who has a goal, four key contributions and three clean sheets to his name so far.

Likely to start: John Stones (26 points)

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MID - Adam Lallana (53 points)

Liverpool's rise to the top of the Premier League table has coincided with the impressive form of Adam Lallana. He's made up a midfield three with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum on Merseyside, providing the supply for the deadly attacking trio of Coutinho, Firmino and Mane.

Lallana is the highest scoring English midfielder in TFF 16/17 with 53 points, earned via three goals and six key contributions.

Likely to start: Adam Lallana (53 points)

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MID - Theo Walcott (52 points)

Arsenal's Theo Walcott has attempted to re-ignite his career this season and has done a pretty good job so far. He has 52 points, one less than Lallana, and has regularly featured on the right hand side of Arsene Wenger's midfield.

He's definitely far more attacking than he is defensive, which is visible in his season stats to date. Five goals and three key contributions is a decent start from Walcott, who has now made his way into 12% of TFF teams.

Likely to start: Eric Dier (19 points)

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MID - James Milner (52 points)

James Milner has been a surprise this season. Despite playing at left-back for Jurgen Klopp's side, he's still managed to rack up 52 points, mainly because of his set-piece responsibilities.

He's dispatched four penalties this season and played a part in five more goals, making him the 9th highest scoring midfielder in TFF 16/17 so far.

Likely to start: Jordan Henderson (40 points)

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MID - Michail Antonio (47 points)

The winger has been fantastic for West Ham since making the switch from Nottingham Forest, and has arguably been the Hammers' best player this season.

He's scored more headers than any other player and has five goals to his name arleady. He was picked for the England squad by Sam Allardyce but has subsequently been dropped by Gareth Southgate. Maybe Big Sam was more aware of his TFF 16/17 performances than Mr Southgate.

Likely to start: Danny Rose (33 points)

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STR - Jermain Defoe (55 points)

It might be a surprise to know that the best performing English player in TFF 16/17 is Sunderland's Jermain Defoe. He has more points than Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, and he's also scored more goals than the trio combined.

Defoe's six haven't been enough to get the Black Cats out of the relegation zone but the £5.2m rated striker has still shown he has more than an eye for goal.

Likely to start: Raheem Sterling (46 points)

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STR - Charlie Austin (45 points)

Charlie Austin didn't secure a starting place in Claude Puel's side until Week 7, but since then he hasn't looked back. He's now scored five times this season, adding a further key contribution.

Austin has previously been called up to the England squad, but never made an appearance. If he can continue his current form, surely it can't be too long until he starts drawing more international attention.

Likely to start: Wayne Rooney (33 points)

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STR - Troy Deeney (40 points)

Watford's Troy Deeney completes the XI, despite having just 40 TFF points to his name. He's scored three and set up two, helping the Hornets reach eighth in the league table.

Likely to start: Harry Kane (30 points)

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