Euro 2020 Group D: England 0-0 Scotland
England and Scotland played out an uneventful goalless draw at Wembley to leave both countries having to go into the last leg of group stage games with all to play for at Euro 2020.
This was the first meeting between the two nations in a major tournament since Euro 96.
Scotland, however, will be proud of their efforts in holding overwhelming favourites England to a draw.
The Scots bounced back from their opening day defeat by the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in Glasgow. They were up for the game and showed real resilience and character to fully deserve the result.
Southgate’s lineup and changes questioned
It was The Tartan Army who were ecstatic at the final whistle while England’s players heard the sound of loud jeering from their supporters, mainly targeted towards Gareth Southgate for a puzzling substitution strategy.
England looked extremely sluggish and disappointing. They were not moving the ball up the field quickly enough and Reece James provided nothing from right back.
The Three Lions should have taken the lead early on when John Stones headed Mason Mount’s corner against the woodwork. There was nothing else really that troubled keeper David Marshall in Scotland’s goal, however.
As Scotland settled and improved, England were fortunate to have not conceded thanks to Jordan Pickford’s superb save from Stephen O’Donnell.
Gareth Southgate brought on Jack Grealish for Phil Foden that many raised eyebrows to as Foden looked like England’s best player. England fans thought that Grealish deserved a start and did not expect to see the young City attacker coming off.
Southgate did not even use all his substitutes as he brought on Marcus Rashford for Harry Kane, which again was a surprising switch. Jadon Sancho was made to watch the game from the sidelines and that angered a lot of fans who wanted to see Sterling being substituted off the pitch.
England now have a chance to overtake the Czech Republic and securing the top spot in Group D. Scotland and Croatia will face off in a do-or-die match at Hampden Park in the final game of the group at Euro 2020.