The National:

IAN Blackford is no stranger to laughter in the Commons.

Typically, it comes from the Tory benches after Boris Johnson has made a crass remark about the SNP or Scotland in general. This time, however, he had MPs from all sides of the House in hysterics with a joke ahead of Scotland’s crunch Euros game against England at Wembley.

With kick-off just two days away, the SNP Westminster leader wished both teams well, but couldn’t resist adding in a little dig about Brexit.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, he said: “Good wishes to both Scotland and England ahead of the football match on Friday evening.”

Referencing the SNP’s longstanding mantra on Brexit, Blackford added: “If I may say so, I do hope we don’t see Scotland being dragged out of the Euros against our wishes.”

The Commons erupted in laughter, with the SNP MP quickly moving on to a grilling of the Prime Minister.

England versus Scotland kicks off at 8pm on Friday evening, and will be broadcast on STV.

Steve Clarke’s side face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockouts, having lost to the Czech Republic on Monday.