Euro 2020: Scotland held England to a 0-0 draw in their Group D clash at the Wembley stadium in London.
England faded a chance to book their spot in the last 16 at Euro 2020 as Scotland gripped their own hopes alive with a well deserved 0-0 draw on Friday. Gareth Southgate’s side would have been guaranteed to advance from Group D with a win over their old rivals at Wembley. But lethargic England managed just one shot on target and Scotland’s combative display could easily have earned all three points. Points Table
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Despite a flop that saw them booed off at full-time, England has four points and will be certain of qualifying if they avoid defeat by the Czech Republic in their last group game on Tuesday.
Scotland, in their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, looked far more composed than in their opening 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
Harry Kane continued his slow start to Euro 2020, cutting a lethargic figure as the Three Lions struggled to implement a high press again.
Kane’s lack of involvement in the first half was alarming, with just two completed passes from five attempts.
His second half didn’t start much better, with England looking to go long when Scotland ventured forward, but Grant Hanley was able to outmuscle him in the air.
His lack of speed was matched with a timid approach in the air as Grant Hanley gleefully outmuscled him whenever England launched it long.
Ultimately Southgate concurred that Kane’s peripheral role was hurting England with his substitution with 16 minutes remaining long overdue.
It’s now six touches in the opposition’s penalty area this tournament and unless Kane snaps out of his slump, England’s chances this summer will fizzle out.
Scotland, competing ferociously and playing with intelligence, remained a major threat and Lyndon Dykes’ hooked shot had to be headed off the line by James.
Gareth Southgate, England coach: “It was a frustrating night. You’ve got to give Scotland huge credit. If you’re not going to win a game then it’s important that you don’t lose it. We can look at ourselves – starting with me – and do better. We didn’t do enough to win the game tonight.”
Steve Clarke, Scotland coach: “It was a good night. We played well. I know I have a good group of players and they showed that. We had chances to win. England had their moments as well and, looking at it, you wouldn’t have known which team was the favourite, which is a credit to us. The most pleasing thing was we played when we had the ball and created a number of chances.”
Andy Robertson, Scotland captain: “We had the big chances. At times we kept the ball superbly well, frustrated them and on another night we could have come away with even more. A point keeps us alive and it’s important to keep this feeling.”
England: Pickford; James, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Foden (Grealish 63), Mount, Sterling; Kane (Rashford 74)
Scotland: Marshall; McTominay, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McGinn, Gilmour (Armstrong 76), McGregor, Robertson; Dykes, Adams (Nisbet 86)