England hit with familiar tournament fear as bold Scotland frustrate in Euro 2020 draw

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England Scotland Wembley resuly group d euro 2020 euro 2021 - REUTERS/Carl Recine
England Scotland Wembley resuly group d euro 2020 euro 2021 - REUTERS/Carl Recine

The old border skirmish of British football, for so long consigned to history and now asking difficult questions of Gareth Southgate’s 21st century England, who found the familiar tournament fear and anxiety creeping up on them again.

For England and their manager, Euro 2020 was transformed into a much more uncomfortable experience over the course of 93 bruising, confusing minutes against Scotland, a team refined by Steve Clarke to be much more than the sum of their parts. They left Wembley to the whisky roar of their fans who had got what they wanted from their side, courage and also the shrewdness to know how to play the occasion.

Clarke called it perfectly, unleashing the Ayrshire prodigy Billy Gilmour upon England for his first senior international start, and it was a good one for a young Scot polished by Chelsea’s academy and embarking on what should be a great career. In the Clarke system, John McGinn was on the shoulder of all those England midfielders who normally like to look composed in possession and for this evening at least his old defender Grant Hanley must have felt like Paolo Maldini.

That is what Scotland offered but what did England bring to this discordant party of conflicting styles? They were the youngest England team ever fielded at a tournament and at times they looked unable to overcome the problems presented by Clarke’s midfield five that shut off the passing lanes to Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling. It was what Scotland did to Harry Kane that might have alarmed Southgate the most, his captain, goalscorer and chief hope left to do what he could with throat-high passes and Hanley invading his personal space.

It was early in the tournament to be hauling off Kane when England needed a goal but that was considered the best option by Southgate with 15 minutes of a very unsatisfactory attacking performance that yielded just a single shot on target. Before then, Southgate had sent on Jack Grealish, whose occasional appearance from the bench on the stadium screens had become a rallying point for the disenchanted home support.

Harry Kane (R) of England interacts with England manager Gareth Southgate after being substituted during the UEFA EURO 2020 group D preliminary round soccer match between England and Scotland - Facundo Arrizabalaga/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Harry Kane (R) of England interacts with England manager Gareth Southgate after being substituted during the UEFA EURO 2020 group D preliminary round soccer match between England and Scotland - Facundo Arrizabalaga/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The mood did not take long to change for England – booed at half-time and at full-time by their supporters who sensed early on that there was something not quite right in this side. Even the first eight minutes that saw McGinn assert himself and Che Adams, the newly Scottish striker acquired from his hometown of Leicester, had a chance that required John Stones to block. There was a familiar sense of a plan coming apart for England players – no momentum or familiarity.

Later, and with a smile on his face, the Scotland captain Andy Robertson confessed to “a sense of frustration”. “I believe we had the chances to win the game,” he said, “and we should have won the game.” They go into their final group game at Hampden on Tuesday against Croatia level on points with the 2018 World Cup finalists and a soaring sense of what might be possible. A different feeling for England and for the first time as manager Southgate must negotiate a tournament where a nation watches with some scepticism.

England will likely qualify for the second round but the immediate question now is where in the group and who that gives them in the last 16. The wider problem for Southgate is his system: if 4-3-3 was so simple for Clarke to outmanoeuvre then what might others in the tournament make of it? On a more fundamental level he will have to restore the confidence of a team that put five past the Czechs at Wembley two years ago and now have to play them in a very different setting.

This was a reminder that tournaments elevate teams and that they also have a habit of picking out individuals in form. Certainly, that was the case for Gilmour, who has spent this season contending with the recovery from knee surgery last summer and being tossed around by changes at Chelsea. When his moment came at Wembley he quickly adapted to the challenge.

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save from a shot from Stephen O'Donnell  - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Jordan Pickford of England makes a save from a shot from Stephen O'Donnell - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“We came here with a game plan and we stuck to it,” Gilmour said later. Just having turned 20 last week he said that he texted his parents on his bus journey to Wembley to tell them he was starting for Scotland in what was just his third cap. Below Mason Mount in the hierarchy of Chelsea prodigies, he fought hard against his club-mate in the early stages and then, when he had the ball, looked as composed as anyone.

Gimour’s introduction allowed Scott McTominay to play on the right side of Scotland’s three-man defence. Callum McGregor came into midfield and performed well. The England midfield that had forced Luka Modric into unfamiliar spaces on Sunday could not find a way through the Scottish equivalent. McGinn pinched the ball from Sterling early on and by the end of the half, Kane will have been wondering if he would ever get a sight of goal.

John Stones hit the post with a header, unmarked at a corner on 12 minutes. Otherwise England struggled to find a shape and intensity for their press – Declan Rice stationed deep and the front five struggling to contain the Scots. Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney was overlapping Robertson to hit crosses from Scotland’s strong left side. “We knew we couldn’t come here and defend for 95 minutes,” Clarke said. “We knew we had to take care of the ball and create chances.”

Jordan Pickford did well to save a first half hit from Stephen O’Donnell. At the other end Sterling and Mount were denied the usual spaces to play and they could not get in behind Scotland. As the game broke down in the last half hour, Grealish came on to probe the right side of Scotland. They played him well, surrounding Grealish on the edges of the penalty area and waiting for him to make the first move.

“We couldn’t find the solutions,” Southgate said later. He felt that while his team might not have won the game, they managed its latter stages in such a way that at least they did not lose it either. It was a comfort of some sort for the England manager who now finds himself, like many of his predecessors, having to patch up confidence as the big games come and the pressure of a summer tournament rises.

10:01 PM

Oliver Brown's verdict

England vs Scotland was more than a tense encounter – it was a reminder of sport's shared joy

09:39 PM

All our stories from tonight

09:37 PM

Coming home? Fat chance, says Souness

Graeme Souness's damning England verdict: 'Football ain’t coming home with that team'

09:32 PM

Steve Clarke speaks

I’m delighted for the players and the staff. It was a great performance - we knew we’d have to suffer a bit out of possession but I was delighted with the way we played with the ball. I’ve said for a while: we’re a good team. I thought the reaction after Monday was a bit over the top, and it’s nice to maybe close a few voices down.

Billy Gilmour is a really top player, his performance was never in doubt. His legs ran out towards the end - he doesn’t get much football at Chelsea - but he’s trained well and it was nice to get him on the pitch.

It’ll be a big game on Tuesday. I hope the fans enjoy tonight, behave themselves and get home safely.

09:29 PM

Ian Wright's verdict

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09:25 PM

Kane's big numbers

19
Kane's touches in the match - 12 fewer than any other starter (Lyndon Dykes, with 31).

7
Kane's successful passes - no-one else who started the match had fewer, with the two goalkeepers making 13 (David Marshall) and 15 (Jordan Pickford) respectively.

09:24 PM

Matt Law on Jack Grealish

Fans favourite Jack Grealish should now be given chance to shine from the start

09:21 PM

Kane speaks

A draw is probably a fair result. To be fair to Scotland they defended really well. It wasn't our best performance.

It was a tough game. Scotland defended really well, made great blocks at the right times when we did have chances.

That's football, we're playing at the European Championship, no games are going to be easy, Scotland are playing for their lives in the tournament and you saw that today.

09:20 PM

Southgate speaks

We didn't do enough to win the game. We understand it was a disappointment for our supporters. It's frustrating but in tournament football if you don't win, it's important to make sure you don't lose. We needed more energy, more runs in behind [on Kane]. We're playing at a high level under great intensity, Scotland played really well, defended really well. I know where this team is. They're a very young team, some wouldn't have played with this intensity and pressure before. This is a learning for them.

09:17 PM

Tyrone Mings speaks

The intensity from all of us [was lacking]. Delighted with clean sheet and a goal because it's another step forward to qualification. We as a team have a responsibility to attack together and defend together. So it's not all about [Harry Keane]

09:15 PM

Andy Robertson speaks

I think we had the big chances. At times we kept the ball superbly, frustrated them, and on another night we could have come away with more. We’ll take a point, it keeps us alive. But it’s important we use this feeling to get a positive result on Tuesday.

I spoke to [Billy Gilmour] in the hotel today, and I looked at him, and nothing fazes him. He can have as many caps as he wants for Scotland.

09:10 PM

Fully deserved

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08:57 PM

Jamie Carragher's full-time verdict

Scotland thoroughly deserved their point. Gareth Southgate has a lot to think about for the next few days. Some of those questions are familiar...

I expressed my concerns about Harry Kane in my column after the first game. I suspect the points I made after the Croatia win will be raised by a few others over the next few days. It’s a worry that England are not having enough shots on goal, or creating chances. The attacking system is not functioning as it needs to, even with the addition of two attacking full-backs.

But let’s take nothing away from Steve Clarke. That was a fantastic tactical performance by the Scotland coach and I am delighted for him and his players. It’s great for the tournament that the Scots go into the final game with Croatia with the chance to go through.

There needs to be some perspective from an England perspective. This game was always going to be different to others. Four points from two games is a decent return and they can secure progress into the last sixteen against the Czech Republic.

08:56 PM

Player ratings from Wembley

Marks out of 10 for both sides, only one of which was canned off by its own supporters.

08:50 PM

Full time England 0 Scotland 0

Very good performance from Scotland. Shabby and sluggish one from England - some of that down to Scotland's organisational excellence and spirit and class, some down to their lack of urgency and quality. It's the first ever 0-0 draw between these two at Wembley and keeps both sides' hopes of making the last 16 alive (actually England are likely already there).

08:48 PM

90+1 min ENG 0 SCO 0

James feeds the ball into the area from the right for Rice who had passed to him. A melee on the floor ensues with bodies almost lying down in an illegal ruck as Rice slipped top block Sterling's attempt to stab it through a thicket of blue socked legs until McGinn boots it away.

08:46 PM

90 min ENG 0 SCO 0

There will be two minutes of added time as England come down the left.

08:45 PM

89 min ENG 0 SCO 0

The Scotland fans are in great voice, singing Flower of Scotland with terrific gusto. Pickford sends a 60-yard ball up the middle and though they work it out to Grealish on the left he can't keep it in play.

08:43 PM

88 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Pickford launches the free-kick into the box and Dykes heads it away for a throw-in.

08:43 PM

87 min ENG 0 SCO 0

O'Donnell hounds Grealish away from the Scotland goal and then hacks him down when he reaches his own half.

08:42 PM

85 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland sub before they take a free-kick 40 yards from goal for Mings' foul on O'Donnell. It's Adams who makes way for Nisbet. Pickford grabs Robertson's cross which wasn't attacked with any conviction.

Scotland's forward Che Adams shoots on goal and misses - FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Scotland's forward Che Adams shoots on goal and misses - FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

08:39 PM

83 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Mings heads the corner clear. Phillips pings a crossfield out to the left but England can't find any urgency and Scotland pick off the slow pass forward.

08:37 PM

82 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland corner after McGinn's shot from distance struck Phillips and balloons over the bar.

08:37 PM

80 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Sterling wants a penalty because Robertson stood on his foot as he tried to beat him on the outside. But the referee and his VAR mate do not agree.

08:35 PM

78 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland chance but a very hard one for Adams after a lazy pass from Rice allows Scotland possession. Robertson crosses from deep, because Sterling stands off him, and Adams slices the volley from beyond the right post.

Tyrone Mings of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland - Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images
Tyrone Mings of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland - Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

08:32 PM

76 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland sub: Billy Gilmour is replaced by Stuart Armstrong. He played very well. Proper 8/10 performance.

08:31 PM

75 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Oh, it's Kane who is departing. And deservedly, too. Rashford goes through the middle and won't drop as deep as Kane who has been poor tonight.

08:30 PM

73 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Rashford, always more effective from the left, will presumably replace Sterling on the right. England attack through Grealish and sets up Shaw and Mount for a one-two that put Shaw cutting in parallel with the six-yard line and, because Kane wasn't there, he has to shape a shot with the outside of his left foot and it bends beyond the far post.

08:28 PM

71 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Sterling wanders offside, going on the b of the bang before Mount had laced the pass down the right. Rashford will be on in a minute.

Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England interacts with Jack Grealish  - Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images
Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England interacts with Jack Grealish - Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images

08:24 PM

69 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Grealish beats O'Donnell, then McTominay but sends his pass from the left to no one.

08:24 PM

67 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Grealish is fouled 30 yards out on the left but once again the delivery is poor and though Scotland can't get it up the pitch Phillips' ball back into the box for Mings won't stick to him.

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08:22 PM

66 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Grealish takes McTominay to the byline and uses him as a rebounder to earn a corner. Mount again goes to the near post and Scotland easily clear. Very poor delivery this half.

08:20 PM

65 min ENG 0 SCO 0

England substitution: Grealish for Foden. And he enters to resounding cheers. Scotland have another corner and Pickford punches clear. Sterling goes to the right, Grealish to the left.

08:19 PM

63 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Two chances in 40 seconds from Dykes, the first a header that Mings nods behind followed by his side-winder volley from the corner that looked as if it was arrowing into the post, headed away by James.

08:18 PM

61 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Mings wants a penalty when he lands on his back going up for a header but the referee isn't having it. Pickford, clearing up after Scotland break, pings a wonderful pass straight to Sterling whose pass to Foden, stepping into the box from the right, isn't good enough. And back come Scotland.

08:16 PM

60 min ENG 0 SCO 0

England whip the free-kick into the box and Sterling can't get an effort on target. England crank up the pressure and Grealish puts on his match shirt. England corner.

08:14 PM

58 min ENG 0 SCO 0

The ball falls favourably for England in their own box when Dykes tacks in from the right and steers a pass up to Adams by the spot, back to goal. With no one in support he has to turn, after controlling it, but can't get it out from under his feet quickly enough and can only stab a shot at Stones. England break and Gilmour kicks Kane's ankles as the captain bombed away down the inside-left.

08:11 PM

56 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Reece James is found by Kane on the right of the 18-yard line by Kane's pass from the left. He hits it sweetly enough but was leaning back and fizzes it over the angle of bar and right post.

08:10 PM

54 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Rashford and Henderson are the two most likely subs to come on first according to the commentary team.

England's midfielder Phil Foden reacts during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D football match between England and Scotland at Wembley - FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
England's midfielder Phil Foden reacts during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D football match between England and Scotland at Wembley - FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

08:08 PM

52 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Grealish raises a huge cheer when his picture appears on the big screen, tying his laces. Robertson tears down the left and makes 50 yards but his cut-back is easily dealt with by James and England come again. England lack any real creative flair so far. The crossing is poor, too.

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08:06 PM

50 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Shot from Mount, right-foot, cutting in from the left, scudding it towards the bottom right corner and Marshall turns it round the post. Corner.

Mount again tries to set up Foden, hadly Steve Bould, for a near-post flick but he's too easily thwarted.

08:04 PM

48 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Shaw gets down the left after a mix-up between Gilmour and McTominay. He tries to square it for Kane who darts towards the back post but Tierney nips in to knock it behind for a corner. Mount can't beat the first man and Phillips also contributes to Scotland almost breaking with a poor pass but they get away with it.

08:02 PM

46 min ENG 0 SCO 0

No changes. England kick off, attacking from left to right, looking for Foden from the start but Mount's pass sails into touch.

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07:53 PM

Jamie Carragher's half-time verdict

Scotland have been excellent. They have mixed up their play well, passing short in midfield when necessary and on occasion going long to Lyndon Dykes. If anything, I think they could go direct even more. Dykes has caused problems to John Stones, winning the aerial battle numerous times.

Southgate was right to change the full-backs. This is a full-backs game for England. The problem they have had is getting them into the game.

Could we see Phil Foden coming inside far more, making the extra man in the centre? I think Southgate might also be thinking of bringing on Jack Grealish.

Maybe Mason Mount can drop deeper in midfield, allowing Grealish to play in the pockets.

07:49 PM

Half-time ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland are doing a number on England, keeping them away from the last third by ensuring the space between the three banks is negligible, giving them very little room in which to work. Mount and Sterling have combined brilliantly a couple of times but they need more width and Kane to get more involved. Scotland will be delighted. Adams is working his socks off, holding the ball up well and McGregor and McGinn are like bear traps in the press.

07:46 PM

45 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland take the corner short from the right and Robertson whips in an inswinger but England clear at the back post and the referee blows his whistle for half-time.

07:45 PM

43 min ENG 0 SCO 0

The call in the commentary box is for Grealish at half-time. Shades of Redknapp from you know when.

Good passage of attack from Scotland, probing with precision and it takes Mings to block the shot when it comes. He immediately screams at Mount for not getting a tackle in earlier.

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07:43 PM

41 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Gilmour picks off a pass from the right and tries to ignite a Scotland counter but they can't penetrate the last 30 yards. Phillips, played in on the right of the area. is immediately surrounded when he takes Mount's pass and has to go backwrads.

Sam Wallace reports from Wembley:

Scots have outnumbered England in midfield and stopped the easy pass out to Foden and Sterling. It has really diminished the English threat. Kane reduced to playing with his back to goal and Hanley attacking the long ball from behind him. That's not what the England captain wants to be doing.

07:41 PM

39 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Pickford comes out to punch the left wing corner out. England are dawdling in possession because of the Scots press, being forced backwards and across, back and across, good for the possession stats but far to far away from goal.

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07:39 PM

38 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland will be pleased, says Gary Neville. England have simply been too slow so far. Now Scotland have a corner.

Pickford's save:

Pickford saves from O'Donnell -  REUTERS/Carl Recine
Pickford saves from O'Donnell - REUTERS/Carl Recine

07:37 PM

36 min ENG 0 SCO 0

The point about Kane's touch map is that he's just not getting involved:

Harry Kane
Harry Kane

07:35 PM

34 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Sterling cuts inside from the left and again loses McTominay, England causing confusion down the sides of Hanley in the middle. But he just couldn't control Mount's scooped pass with a balletic thrust of the right leg beyond the parallel.

07:33 PM

32 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Good save from Pickford from a fine right-foot O'Donnell angled volley, perhaps 12 yards out on the right from 45 degrees to the left post. He needed iron wrists to stop that one and did just enough to keep the rebound just too high for Adams to head it in. Robertson's crossfield pass set the right wing-back up for the chance.

07:31 PM

29 min ENG 0 SCO 0

James' cross from the right and Kane, take sit, Barnes-Wallis style, on the bounce, diving headlong but steers it past the left post at full-stretch. The flag did go up but it would have been referred had he scored because he looked marginally onside.

England's Harry Kane heads towards goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley  - Nick Potts/PA
England's Harry Kane heads towards goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley - Nick Potts/PA

07:28 PM

27 min ENG 0 SCO 0

England could do with Kane pushing on to Hanley now instead of dropping off, ball hunting. If only for 10 minutes or so to see if Mount can then use the inside-forward channels.

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07:25 PM

24 min ENG 0 SCO 0

England have the ball at the back, passing it around. The commentary team is pointing out how difficult Gilmour is finding England's movement and is breathing heavily.

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07:23 PM

22 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Tierney takes on a 30-yard shot with his right-foot swinger when the free-kick is headed out of the England box and he slices it high, wide and hideous.

07:23 PM

20 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Sterling, Foden and Mount and whirling through their positions, switching places like a carousel. Good work from Dykes to do a Kane on Stones and make a back for him and win the foul. It is dangerous play, though, when Kane does it, too. Someone one day is going to hurt themselves badly falling from a great height, helped by a forward forcing him over his shoulders.

07:20 PM

19 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Fantastic tackle from Shaw on halfway as Scotland threatened to break from a well-defended England corner.

07:19 PM

18 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Foden gets in again between Tierney and Hanley, picking up a chipped pass, turning and firing a left-foot shot past the left post from the right of the D. Transpires he was offside, though, when latching on to Phillips' pass.

John Stones misses with a clear header - Matt Dunham - Pool/Getty Images
John Stones misses with a clear header - Matt Dunham - Pool/Getty Images

07:16 PM

15 min ENG 0 SCO 0

McGinn is booked for dissent moments after Phillips was rather harshly penalised for tangling with McGinn but barely impeding him.

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07:15 PM

14 min ENG 0 SCO 0

And another good chance for England when Sterling exploits McTominay's error to skitter in from the left and face up McTominay before poking the ball through to Mount five yards out with too much power for Mount to control accurately, slotting it the wrong side of the post.

07:13 PM

13 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Excellent chance from the corner. Stones left all alone by Dykes leaps and strains his neck to fetch the ball from just behind the ideal point and thunders a header into the post.

07:12 PM

12 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Good move starts with Foden's dribble with his left-foot controlling the ball down the right. He cuts in past Robertson and tees up Foden by the D who gets the ball out from under his feet to shoot but it is deflected and goes out for a corner.

07:11 PM

10 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Mings meets Robertson's threatening cross and heads it clear. Slow start by England who are struggling to find any space between the lines at the moment. Scotland nice and compact.

07:09 PM

8 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Nothing doing for England from the set-piece. Rice turns the ball into the area from Mount's pass/cross but it trickles tamely through to Marshall. As Scotland break up the left, Phillips concedes a foul with a trip on Robertson. He'll take the free-kick.

07:07 PM

6 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Confident start this by Scotland, zipping passes around and closing the lines between midfield and defence, McGinn trips Kane 40 yards out on the right and England have a free-kick. Mount stands over the ball.

Harry Kane of England takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D  - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Harry Kane of England takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

07:05 PM

4 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Scotland throw-in on the right and they slip O'Donnell in behind Shaw with a one-two and the wing-bcak pulls it back to Adams 15 yards out but he scuds his shot into a defender's shins. He made space by stopping still and duping his marker.

07:03 PM

2 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Ally McCoist says, having heard Graeme Sounes's optimism, he is ready to march on Carlisle. Scotland lining up with five at the back, rather than pushing the wing-backs on. Foden sweeps a pass up the right for Phillips to chase into the corner. The ball skips of the slick turf and goes out for a goalkick as Phillips is stalked all the way by Hanley.

07:02 PM

Sam Wallace writes from Wembley

In the absence of the actual HM Queen Elizabeth II, at the crescendo of God Save the Queen, the stadium screens cut to David Beckham in the Royal Box. It's the closest the FA has got to royalty on this occasion (although still no knighthood, one notes)

07:01 PM

1 min ENG 0 SCO 0

Right, here we go. England all in white, Scotland in blue. Scotland kick off after the 22 players on the field and those on the sidelines take a knee. Didn't hear much booing.

Straightaway Dykes catches Shaw on the bridge of the nose as they go up for a high ball.

06:58 PM

In the crowd

Are Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham. Not together. Wayne Rooney is there, too, I think.

06:57 PM

Now God Save the Queen

And some Scots boo the start of what the PA man wrongly calls the 'English' anthem

06:56 PM

The singing is out of synch with the tune

But no matter, the Scots inside and the team overcome the classless jeers.

06:55 PM

England fans boo Flower of Scotland

Well, some of them do.

06:55 PM

The teams are in the tunnel

Scotland in white tracksuit tops, England in blue. ITV has given us Sam Matterface, who doesn't believe in pauses or silences.

The teams stand for the national anthems.

06:52 PM

It's absolutely siling it down at Wembley now

Just like it was in 1928 ...

Scotland fan gives his hat to an Englishman -  Pool via REUTERS/Carl Recine
Scotland fan gives his hat to an Englishman - Pool via REUTERS/Carl Recine

06:48 PM

Youth is to all the glad season of life

25 years 31 days
This was the youngest ever side England have fielded at a major tournament with an average age of 25 years and 31 days

25 years 175 days
England's previous youngest side was the team they fielded in the third-placed play-off at the 2018 World Cup. That team was: Pickford; Jones, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Delph, Rose; Sterling, Kane

06:46 PM

Steve Clarke speaks

We want to win. Playing two strikers here is brave. We’ve got the three central defenders at the other end, so it’s a bit of mix and match. We’ll try to cause England as many problems as we can. I want us to play with fire in our bellies and ice in our brains. England are one of the favourites for the tournament - we respect them, but we don’t fear them.

06:37 PM

Both sides will take the knee tonight before kick-off

This is what Gareth Southgate had to say:

I know my voice carries weight, not because of who I am but because of the position that I hold. At home, I’m below the kids and the dogs in the pecking order but publicly I am the England men’s football team manager. I have a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players.

It’s their duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate.

And Steve Clarke on why his side will be joining England, changing from standing in solidarity to kneeling tonight:

I explained in March the rationale behind the squad decision: not only is it consistent with the collective approach from Scottish football but the purpose of taking the knee, to raise awareness and help eradicate racism in football and society, has been diluted and undermined by the continuation of abuse towards players.

In light of divisive and inaccurate comments, we’ve reflected as a group. We remain committed to our principles of taking a stand at Hampden Park but we’ve agreed we’ll show solidarity with our counterparts in England. At Wembley, we’ll stand against racism and kneel against ignorance.

06:29 PM

Some expert pre-match thoughts

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06:23 PM

Gareth Southgate on his two changes

We think their technical ability with the ball is important for this game. We were pleased with job the fullbacks did in last game but we have real depth in that area of the pitch

[On Scotland's changes] They're better with the ball, Gilmour coming in, McGregor and McTominay moving to the back but a similar tactical approach we think. [More attacking?] Th system they play anyway can be attacking, too.

You have to have both [passion and cool heads], you need motivation to be high but discipline is crucial.

06:19 PM

Steve Clarke arrives

Steve Clarke, Head Coach of Scotland arrives at the stadium whilst wearing a face mask prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match - Shaun Botterill/UEFA via Getty Images
Steve Clarke, Head Coach of Scotland arrives at the stadium whilst wearing a face mask prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match - Shaun Botterill/UEFA via Getty Images

06:18 PM

And here's Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England looks on prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland  - Matt Dunham - Pool/Getty Images
Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England looks on prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland - Matt Dunham - Pool/Getty Images

Is he rocking a waffle knit, there? Or is it ... cheesecloth?

06:13 PM

The players take to the pitch

And it has stopped raining at Wembley.

Kalvin Phillips and Tyrone Mings take the air at Wembley - Mike Egerton/PA
Kalvin Phillips and Tyrone Mings take the air at Wembley - Mike Egerton/PA

06:09 PM

Luke Edwards will be joining below the line

As he did for the Croatia game, our Newcastle-based correspondent will be discussing the match (natch) with commenters in the section below.

06:06 PM

Not in Scotland's 23

David Turnbull, Declan Gallagher and Greg Taylor.

06:00 PM

Scotland fans begin the big clear up

Scotland fans clean up litter in Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 - Kirsty O'Connor/PA
Scotland fans clean up litter in Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 - Kirsty O'Connor/PA

05:59 PM

Teams plus subs

England Pickford; James, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Mount; Foden, Kane, Sterling.
Substitutes Ramsdale, Johnstone, Maguire, Chilwell, Grealish, J Henderson, Rashford, Trippier, Coady, Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Bellingham.

Scotland Marshall; McTominay, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McGregor, Gilmour, McGinn, Robertson; Dykes, Adams.
Substitutes Gordon, McLaughlin, Christie, Fleck, Cooper, Armstrong, Nisbet, Fraser, Patterson, Hendry, Forrest, McKenna.

Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain).

05:55 PM

Here are Scotland's key players

Scotland's Andrew Robertson (left) and John McGinn walk the pitch prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium, London.  - Nick Potts/PA Wire
Scotland's Andrew Robertson (left) and John McGinn walk the pitch prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium, London. - Nick Potts/PA Wire

05:51 PM

Harry Maguire is on England's bench

Kyle Walker, Ben White and Bukayo Saka miss out on the 23.

05:47 PM

Jamie Carragher's verdict on England's XI

What I like about Gareth Southgate’s team selection is his bravery. When you have won the first game, the temptation is to keep the same team because you might fear being criticised for changing a winning side. People might say why fix what was working? But Southgate has looked at it in a different way. He thinks he has a better chance of beating Scotland by making these changes.

The idea is obviously to enhance England’s attack by introducing full-backs who love to get forward - Reece James and Luke Shaw. He was cautious against Croatia by picking those he felt were stronger defensively in the position, thinking about the protection provided by Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. This is a bolder line-up.

05:45 PM

Your starting line-ups

England Jordan Pickford; Reece James, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount; Phil Foden, Harry Kane (captain), Raheem Sterling.

Scotland David Marshall; Scott McTominay, Grant Hanley, Kieran Tierney; Stephen O'Donnell, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Andy Robertson (captain); Billy Gilmour; Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams.

05:42 PM

Four changes for Scotland

Gilmour starts, as do Adams, Tierney and McGregor:

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05:40 PM

So much for unchanged

A garbage hunch from me. Southgate switches his full-backs, bringing in James and Shaw for Walker and Trippier.

05:38 PM

England team news is out....

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05:18 PM

The Mail is reporting that Gilmour will start

Reuters doesn't think so, saying: 'Stephen O'Donnell, Liam Cooper, Ryan Christie and Lyndon Dykes are all out, with key defender Kieran Tierney - available after missing the opener with a calf injury - Callum McGregor, James Forrest and striker Che Adams stepping into the starting side.

05:13 PM

Roddy Forsyth on Scotland's midfield conundrum

As he prepares for what could be a make-or-break confrontation with England at Wembley, how does Clarke maintain balance in his team while getting the best out of McTominay who is, by common consent, most effective as a box-to-box player?

“The problem is that we need somebody in the sitting midfield role,” said Pat Nevin, former Chelsea and Scotland winger and now TV and radio pundit. “Steve would like to move him forward from that but he has been hindered by the injury to Ryan Jack that ruled him out of the squad.

“He would rather that McTominay could go box to box but he has Stuart Armstrong and John McGinn who can do that and somebody has to sit further back. It would be great if Steve could find some way to let him play that entire midfield role, at which I think he’s best, but he doesn’t want to leave a hole.

“The most obvious option is to bring Billy Gilmour in there, but that’s a big call against England. Against the Czechs, McTominay and Tomas Soucek cancelled each other out. It’s not a job Scott would have wanted but he took it on the chin for the team.

“He would much rather be the creative, gallivanting midfielder getting forward but he had to be controlled in that game and I felt quite sorry for him. If we had three solid centre backs, fine, but that’s the way it is with Scotland right now and McTominay is having to take on jobs for the collective benefit, rather than what’s best for him.

“Ultimately we need to play defensively and hope that we can be a bit more positive as the game goes on and give Scott a bit of scope to express himself the way we know he can do.”

05:07 PM

A tribute to Kalvin from his home town

Photoshopped or not, still worth an inclusion

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04:55 PM

One for @ruinedshirts

An England fan arrives for the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium with Gazza 96 on his shirt - Nick Potts/PA
An England fan arrives for the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium with Gazza 96 on his shirt - Nick Potts/PA

04:49 PM

Meanwhile at Wembley

04:43 PM

Jason Burt has picked his combined XI

And has picked three Scots and eight Englishmen?

Thoughts?

Better to do an all-time list?

Banks; McGrain, McNeill, Moore, Cole; Bremner, Charlton, Mackay; Johnstone, Law, Greaves??

04:37 PM

More music

Name that tune? My money's on Big Kilmarnock Bunnet

Scotland fan, Dinny Bdaft - Amanda Rose / Avalon
Scotland fan, Dinny Bdaft - Amanda Rose / Avalon

04:31 PM

Tournament debut for Billy Gilmour tonight?

Lots of 'exclusives' claimed on social media by those claiming the Chelsea midfielder will start at Wembley tonight, lining up opposite his team-mate Mason Mount.

If he does, then who makes way? McTominay back to right centre-back? Drop Armstrong or Christie?

Billy Gilmour - Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Billy Gilmour - Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

04:22 PM

Years ago in another job

I spoke to Kevin Beattie about his role in one of England's most famous victories, the 5-1 in 1975.

Stewart Kennedy, their keeper, made mistakes which everyone goes on about but we didn't really notice it at the time. You're so wrapped up in the game but I suppose three of the goals were from shots from outside the box and for my goal he seemed to lose his bearings and ended up wrapped around the post. Our adrenaline was really flowing and we pulverised them. We kept that big Scottish contingent quiet and the England fans had a carnival.

Johnny Wark was at the game - he was an apprentice at Ipswich at the time and used to clean my boots. They stayed dirty for a week - he refused to clean them because of the 5-1 beating.

04:14 PM

Making their own entertainment

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04:12 PM

Good news from Copenhagen

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04:02 PM

Ben Rumsby reports on last eight concerns

There could be no travelling England fans at their potential European Championship quarter-final in Rome after Italy imposed five days of coronavirus quarantine on British holidaymakers.

Supporters heading from the UK to the game were already facing having to self-isolate for up to 10 days upon their return under Government Covid-19 rules.

But that was compounded yesterday after Italy announced tough new measures to come into effect from Monday amid rising rates of the disease in Britain.

The Telegraph has been told Gareth Southgate and his England players would be exempt from quarantine were they to end up travelling to Rome for a Euro 2020 quarter-final on July 3.

But any fans wishing to join them are almost certain to have to self-isolate, which could end any prospect of the team being cheered on at the Stadio Olimpico.

England supporters were already facing having to decide whether or not to attend a potential quarter-final tie, with doing so meaning they would not be allowed to go to the Wembley semi-finals and final.

Italy’s new rules were announced yesterday by its health minister, Roberto Speranza, who wrote on Facebook that he had “signed a new order” that would “introduce a five-day quarantine with swab obligation for those from Great Britain”.

The order allows entry for visitors from elsewhere in the European Union, plus the United States, Canada and Japan, provided they have a Covid-19 digital green pass.

Until now, travel to Italy has been fairly straightforward for British tourists.

As of May 16, there has been no quarantine stipulation, with travellers from the UK only required to present a negative Covid rapid antigenic or molecular swab test, taken no more than 48 hours before travel, in order to board a flight.

However, Italy remains on the UK’s amber list, necessitating a 10-day quarantine for travellers returning from there, plus a package of three Covid tests.

03:54 PM

Music box

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03:48 PM

Team news

Does anyone really expect England to be anything other than unchanged? It has been argued by some of the Telegraph football writers that a left-footed left-back should play and there is the usual clamour for Jack Grealish but I would expect Southgate to stick with his starting XI from Sunday.

For Scotland Tierney ought to replace Cooper if fit, judging by Clarke's preference in the past. Adams should be the lone striker in preference to Dykes and they need to look at right wing-back where James Forrest could come in.

03:34 PM

England fans are further north

England supporters arrive at Wembley - Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images
England supporters arrive at Wembley - Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

03:26 PM

Scotland fans have 2,600 seats tonight

In a crowd of 22,500. But there must be 30,000 of the Tartan Army out in London today. Here in Hyde Park:

Scotland fans - Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Scotland fans - Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

But there are more in Leicester Square

Scotland fans gather in Leicester Square before the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland later tonight.  - Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire
Scotland fans gather in Leicester Square before the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland later tonight. - Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire

03:15 PM

Good afternoon

And welcome to coverage of the Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland at Wembley. This is not the first time these two have met at this stage of a European Championship but you don't need to have been born 25 years ago, only to have been hiding under a rock for the past six months, not to know what happened at Euro 96 as we, me included honesty compels me to say, have kept banging on about it ever since.

Nevertheless, it's time to move on. England, on the back of a fluent, savvy and generally impressive performance against a Croatia side who have gone over the top in the past three years, are even more nailed on favourites to beat Scotland and secure qualification for the Round of 16. The performances of Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount were compelling evidence to suggest that confidence and composure has been transfused into this squad in the five years since Gareth Southgate succeeded Sam Allardyce. It has been a progressive improvement and, although far from being complete, they should have enough quality, flair and shrewdness to win this convincingly.

Most assessments of Scotland's chances depend on them harnessing the old impassioned ferocity that served them so well when they had infinitely more skilled players in the golden days of this fixture. But that isn't how Steve Clarke has set up his team to play, relying more on organisation and exploiting the ability of the three genuinely top-class players - Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and John McGinn - to combine menacingly down the left and expect disciplined, efficient and conservative performances from the others.

There have been enough mentions of William Wallace in the build-up and, of course, it is one way Clarke could choose to try to inspire his players. But, however resonant such martial patriotism is to some supporters, I'm not sure it will have much impact on the field anymore. The unrelenting rain all morning and afternoon, however, could be more telling.

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