Thousands of Scotland soccer fans descend on London before 1st England clash in 14 years

Wearing traditional kilts and bonnets, thousands of Scotland soccer fans have descended on London's Trafalgar Square before their country's first match against neighbor and fierce rival England in 14 years.

Wednesday's match at Wembley Stadium comes 13 months before Scotland stages a referendum on whether to break away from the United Kingdom after more than 300 years of political union with England.

Police officers kept their distance as fans drank beer and plastered pro-Scottish independence signs on monuments in the square.

England and Scotland, the oldest rivals in international soccer, were forced to scrap their annual friendly matches in 1989 because of hooliganism.

The only matches between the neighbors since then have been because they were drawn to face each other in official competitions.