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This is where it started, where international football was first played: the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, a burgh in Glasgow's west end. 

On November 30, 1872, England played Scotland and the seed for what is now a multi-billion-pound industry was planted. 

There will be razzmatazz against Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday when England celebrate their 1,000th match, but on a dank Friday morning, Sportsmail's Peter Crouch and Chris Sutton visited the scene of game No 1. Dominic King and Kieran Gill made notes. 

Peter Crouch (left) and Chris Sutton (right) went back to where international football all began

Peter Crouch (left) and Chris Sutton (right) went back to where international football all began

A bronze plaque at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Glasgow honours that first match

A bronze plaque at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Glasgow honours that first match

HISTORY
HOW IT ALL BEGAN 

Scotland 0-0 England

Scotland (2-2-6): Gardner; Ker, Taylor; Thomson, J Smith; R Smith, Leckie, Rhind, MacKinnon, Weir, Wotherspoon (all Queen’s Park FC). 

Reserves: Broadfoot, Keay.

Selector: Robert Gardner.

England (1-2-7): Barker (Herts Rangers); Greenhalgh (Notts Co), Welch (Wanderers); Chappell (Oxford Uni), Maynard (1st Surrey Rifles), Brockbank (Cambridge Uni), Charles Clegg (Sheffield Wed), Smith (Oxford Uni), Cuthbert Ottaway (Oxford Uni/Old Etonians), Chenery (Crystal Palace), Morice (Barnes).

Reserve: Holden.

Selector: An FA committee.

Umpires: Charles William Alcock (Eng) & Henry Norris Smith (Sco).

Referee: William Keay (Sco).

Attendance: 4,000.

High on the wall of the pavilion is a plaque, marking this proud cricket venue's place in history. 

Before the conversation starts, Crouch and Sutton study the inscription on it and looking towards what is now the outfield.

SUTTON: You can feel it, can't you? The history. You try to imagine what it might have been like. I like looking at the names of the players involved. I've read accounts of the match. There was a VAR moment apparently... Scotland thought they'd scored but the striker was offside by half a millimetre!

CROUCH: (laughing) I bet England still got booed off!

SUTTON: (looking at an iPad) I've found a report of it online. The line-ups say the Scots played 2-2-6 — two full-backs, two half-backs, and six forwards. England played seven forwards and the referee was Scottish!

CROUCH: (incredulous) How on earth did this finish 0-0?!

SUTTON: When I told a friend I was coming here, he told me it was the only ground in the area that was surrounded by a fence. Scotland picked only Queen's Park players. Just imagine if Scotland had picked players from other areas as well. They probably would have pumped England, wouldn't they? Do you think it caught on after this? Bearing in mind it was a 0-0 draw, do you think the crowd went away happy?

CROUCH: What's amazing is you come here, the home of the first international and you try to think about that day. But then you go to a game at Wembley, 90,000 fans and everything that entails. It's unbelievable how football has evolved.

England's first taste of international football came in Partick, Glasgow, against Scotland

England's first taste of international football came in Partick, Glasgow, against Scotland

DREAMS

Every child who kicks a ball wants to play for their country one day. They have those aspirations because of what happened on this expanse on Peel Street, tucked in behind rows of Georgian houses. 

The point is not lost on either of these two former England players.

SUTTON: International football is still the pinnacle. Winning the World Cup is the greatest achievement above anything else — above anything you can win with your club. Any young player aspires to play in a World Cup.

My first memory of England was the 1982 World Cup. Bryan Robson scored after 27 seconds against France, didn't he? The kit... that tight red shirt. 

Terry Butcher played. He was always someone I really looked up to. He was like a god, so to meet and work with him subsequently was so special. What was your first memory?

CROUCH: The 1990 World Cup, all day long. That was what sold football for me, really. I remember it all. Mark Wright's goal against Egypt, David Platt against Belgium, Gary Lineker's penalties against Cameroon. Italia '90 was the best thing. I thought we were going to win it. 

The trip north of the border has brought nostalgia of former England teams out of the pair

The trip north of the border has brought nostalgia of former England teams out of the pair

That made me fall in love with football. Then there was the music. World In Motion — the greatest England song of all time, without doubt. We sing along to Three Lions but World in Motion, with John Barnes rapping, is the one.

SUTTON: Growing up in a little village outside Norwich, as a youngster all I wanted was to play for Nottingham Forest and England. That was what I aspired to do. I never thought I would actually do it, mind. Then I stumbled on my career, got a lot of Under 21 caps, captained them. Then I got my full England cap... and I made a total a*** of it.

THREE LIONS

Sutton was the 1,084th player to represent England when he went on as 79th minute substitute against Cameroon at Wembley (game 740) in November 1997. Rio Ferdinand made his debut as a sub in the same game, replacing Gareth Southgate. 

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Crouch became No 1,139 when he faced Colombia (game 828) in May 2005. Their international careers took very different paths.

CROUCH: What

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