England post-mortem begins after dour display as 30 fans arrested in London

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Police officers take a fan into custody as Scottish fans celebrate at Leicester Square after Scotland played to a goalless draw against rivals England in a UEFA EURO 2020 Group D clash in London - GETTY IMAGES
Police officers take a fan into custody as Scottish fans celebrate at Leicester Square after Scotland played to a goalless draw against rivals England in a UEFA EURO 2020 Group D clash in London - GETTY IMAGES

A total of 30 arrests were made during a major police operation sparked by the invasion of Scotland and England fans in London over the past 48 hours.

Carnival-like scenes as 20,000 ticketless Tartan Army fans filled the air with chanting at central landmarks were largely peaceful. However, Telegraph Sport witnessed two brief clashes with England-chanting hooligans near Leicester Square. Officers later confirmed 25 arrests had been made in central London and five around the stadium at Wembley.

On Saturday morning, as authorities faced a major clean-up operation, Scotland Yard added in a tweet: “Thirteen arrests were for public order offences, six for drunk and disorderly, four for assault on police, three for assault, two related to class A drugs and one each for breaching a dispersal order and breaching a banning order.”

In anticipation of clashes, the Met Police issued a section 35 dispersal order to remain in place until 3pm on Saturday.

There were also drunken clashes between fans after the match. Officers entered Leicester Square at about 12.45am on Saturday and encouraged those still at the scene to leave the area. Uniformed officers formed a line to separate Scotland and England fans, before the square finally cleared by 1.15am.

Just 2,800 of the Scottish arrivals had tickets for the game, so the vast majority of fans, clad in kilts and tartan, gathered in the areas around Leicester Square and Hyde Park.

Impromptu games of five-a-side against English fans and supporters plunging themselves into puddles took place amid good natured scenes, but as the night wore on police repeatedly used dispersal powers to break up troublemakers.

Around two hours before kick-off several groups of Scotland fans were ambushed by small groups of English hooligans looking for trouble. There were two brief escalations of violence on Drury Lane, a popular street for restaurants and bars. A Scottish man in his 50s was left with a bloodied face while other fans fled inside restaurants as bottles and chairs were thrown at them. Police were later seen chasing young men singing Millwall chants on foot.

However, the vast majority Scottish fans partied like they did not care that they had nowhere to watch the game. Many stranded fans were left watching the match on their mobile phones or peering through pub windows for a glimpse of the European Championship showdown.

01:46 PM

Did you see this video yesterday?

If you didn't, it might be worth watching it - as it's great.

Someone who did was Scotland midfielder, John McGinn. After viewing the footage of a bare-chested Scotland fan sliding 10 yards through a puddle in central London, he knew that he and his team-mates had to finally make a splash at Euro 2020.

McGinn tried to take an afternoon nap ahead of Friday night's clash with England but could not switch off.

Instead he soaked in the enormity of the occasion by watching clips of the Tartan Army making their presence felt in the English capital.

The lucky 2,700 Scotland fans who got Wembley tickets also made their voices heard pre-match and McGinn was determined to reward them for their support.

The Aston Villa midfielder said: "I normally like to get an afternoon kip when the game kicks off at eight o'clock. But the excitement of the occasion was hard to ignore.

"When you see people doing belly flops in Leicester Square you just want to get going and do the country proud."

PA

01:18 PM

Stones' golden chance

John Stones admits he was "gutted" to come so close to winning the game for England last night.

England would have advanced had they been able to see off Scotland at Wembley but now know they need to beat the Czech Republic next time out if they are to top the group.

Stones came closest to settling the game when he saw a first-half header cannon back off the post.

"I was gutted," he told beIN Sports when asked about missing the chance.

"I think the rebound came a bit quick at me after it. Maybe on another night it goes in with a few inches the other side of the post.

"I am in the right areas, it is paying off on the training ground and hopefully next time I'm in that position it will be in the back of the net.

"They are the fine margins and I will go away and work this week in training with the set-piece coaches and all of the team, we know how important it is at both ends and I have got to stress how good we were defensively today with the threat from them.

"They played some good long balls and were an attacking threat in that respect and caused us problems but we dealt with it.

"That is another positive to take out of the game and shows all our hard work on the training pitch."

PA

12:42 PM

An interesting point from Telegraph Sport's Dan Zeqiri

Would all the querying of Southgate's starting XI disappear if there we 11 standout players? Probably.

12:16 PM

'Football ain’t comin’ home with that'

Gareth Southgate’s England now lie second in Group D behind their next opponents Czech Republic on goal difference and, after last night's draw with Scotland, former Scotland international turned television pundit Graeme Souness responded by saying: “Football ain’t comin’ home with that team, I tell ya.”

Read more on how Souness devoured the room with his Scottish passion here.

Graeme Souness before the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 23, 2021 in Liverpool - GETTY IMAGES
Graeme Souness before the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 23, 2021 in Liverpool - GETTY IMAGES

11:47 AM

Billy Whizz

11:29 AM

It could be worse for England and Southgate...

...he could be beleaguered Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic, who has asked for support from the Swiss public after days of recriminations following a heavy defeat to Italy.

Petkovic made his appeal in an open letter published in the Swiss newspaper "Schweiz am Wochenende" on Saturday, ahead of his side's must-win Group A clash against Turkey in Baku on Sunday.

After drawing with Wales and then being demolished 3-0 by Italy, the side has been under fire at home – exacerbated by a controversy over a hairdresser being flown from Zurich to Rome to coiffure captain Granit Xhaka before the Italy match.

The skipper, with a new blond look, was among the players who failed to impress in Rome and who have been lambasted in the days since, including criticism for not facing up to the media the day after the defeat.

Vladimir Petkovic - GETY IMAGES
Vladimir Petkovic - GETY IMAGES

Petkovic expressed regret for the disappointing performance and appealed to the Swiss for support "from all of you".

"We wanted to give you a magical night, make you proud of us and of our Switzerland. After the many hardships of the long period of the pandemic, we wanted to make you happy with a victory against Italy.

"We had planned so much for it, maybe too much. And, in the end, there was nothing but disappointment. For you, for us and for 4,000 Swiss who travelled to Rome, we are very sorry for that," he wrote.

"Tomorrow is a new day. Against Turkey we have another chance to qualify for the round of 16 and we have to bring all of our values and virtues back to the pitch, in addition to the correct tactical plan, solidarity, joy and respect. Then we can do it.

"We do not always do what you expect from us. We are people who try to meet these demands, but unfortunately we do not always succeed. And that is why we need the support of all of you before this crucial game. Your solidarity, your positivity. We will do everything we can to ensure that we can all be happy together on Sunday evening."

11:18 AM

Jadon Sancho

Sancho is yet to make an appearance at Euro 2020 for England.

You would have thought that last night might have been the perfect time to introduce him.

10:58 AM

England v Scotland breaks TV record

As Tom Morgan writes, more than 18 million viewers tuned in to ITV's coverage of England's draw with Scotland - making it the highest viewed programme this year.

A total of 18.4 million viewers tuned in to the live TV broadcast, giving coverage a 74 per cent share of overall coverage.

An additional 4.8 million people streamed the match online, ITV said. The numbers beat every other sporting event in the past year, but were not as high as ITV enjoyed for the England World Cup semi-final in 2018, when 26.5 million viewers tuned in.

The match shows the power of terrestrial TV, however. The Champions League final - although screened for free by BT Sport - last month averaged a combined 3.65 million viewers on English and Spanish-language television, tying for the second-largest audience for the game since 2011.

10:52 AM

The central London clean-up begins!

Nice to see some of the Scotland fans sticking around to help clear up the area around Leicester Square.

Scotland fans clean up litter in Irving Street near Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland - PA
Scotland fans clean up litter in Irving Street near Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland - PA
Scotland fans clean up litter in Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland - PA
Scotland fans clean up litter in Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland - PA
Scotland fans clean up litter in Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland - PA
Scotland fans clean up litter in Leicester Square, London, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Scotland - PA

10:07 AM

Qualification more important than beating Scotland...

...says Gareth Southgate.

The England manager understands fans' frustration after the drab goalless draw with Scotland but said "managing the tournament" at Euro 2020 was key.

"In the end, not enough to win but this is a tournament and it's critical when you can't win not to lose," the England manager said.

"That of course feels difficult in the last 15 minute of a game like tonight where fans are desperate for you to go forward and abandon all shape because of course it's Scotland, it feels like a unique occasion.

"But we have to still approach it in the context that a point is still an important step towards qualification and ultimately qualification is the first objective for us."

Southgate is obviously right, but not being able to beat Scotland does not exactly bode well for the knockouts...

09:35 AM

Leicester Square carnage

That fountain has seen better days...

Rubbish left by football fans floating the fountain at Leicester Square on June 19, 2021 in London, England. England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the Euro 2020 match at Wembley  - GETTY IMAGES
Rubbish left by football fans floating the fountain at Leicester Square on June 19, 2021 in London, England. England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the Euro 2020 match at Wembley - GETTY IMAGES
A Cit of Westminster worker cleans up after football fans at Leicester Square on June 19, 2021 in London, England. England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the Euro 2020 match at Wembley  - GETTY IMAGES
A Cit of Westminster worker cleans up after football fans at Leicester Square on June 19, 2021 in London, England. England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the Euro 2020 match at Wembley - GETTY IMAGES
Tourists post for photos with a statue in view of rubbish left by football fans in Leicester Square on June 19, 2021 in London, England. - GETTY IMAGES
Tourists post for photos with a statue in view of rubbish left by football fans in Leicester Square on June 19, 2021 in London, England. - GETTY IMAGES

09:13 AM

On non-footballing matters

Thirty fans were arrested in London last night - we will have more on that shortly.

Most fans, as shown below, celebrated the draw with decorum, but a small minority went overboard.

09:02 AM

The morning after the night before...

Just waking up? Or maybe, like some of the Scottish fans in London, you have been up all night...

Anyway, if you're in need of a Saturday morning pick-me-up, then I have just the tonic for you.

Thom Gibbs argues, while last night's goalless draw was dispiriting for England, all is not lost.

You can read that here.

Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate looking crestfallen
Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate looking crestfallen

08:37 AM

A famous spectator...

08:15 AM

Match facts from last night...

● In their 115th meeting in all competitions, England and Scotland shared a goalless draw for only the fourth time, also doing so in 1872, 1970 and 1987, although this was the first time ever in a game at Wembley in the 33rd meeting there.

● England have kept 14 clean sheets in their last 18 matches in all competitions (W14 D2 L2) since losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic in a European Championships qualifier in October 2019.

● Since the new Wembley opened in 2007, this was only England’s second ever goalless draw there in a competitive fixture, also drawing 0-0 in October 2010 against Montenegro in a European Championships qualifier under Fabio Capello.

● At 25 years and 31 days, England named their youngest ever starting XI at a major tournament, with the previous youngest their XI against Belgium in the 2018 World Cup third-place play-off match (25y 175d).

● Tonight was England's 32nd consecutive international match naming a unique starting XI, England's longest run of naming an XI for the first time since a run of 56 games between 1990 and 1996.

07:57 AM

Player ratings

Andy Robertson leads by example for Scotland as Jordan Pickford rescues England.

Find out who else impressed Mike McGrath at Wembley and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save from a shot from Stephen O'Donnell (Not pictured) of Scotland during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on June 18, 2021 in London - GETTY IMAGES
Jordan Pickford of England makes a save from a shot from Stephen O'Donnell (Not pictured) of Scotland during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on June 18, 2021 in London - GETTY IMAGES

07:47 AM

What about the Scots?

Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor felt their Wembley draw was the perfect way to answer their critics.

Stephen O'Donnell came closest to breaking the deadlock with a volley that was brilliantly saved by Jordan Pickford.

A goal for O'Donnell would have been particularly sweet for the Scotland squad after the Motherwell full-back had found himself at the forefront of some fans' criticism of the opening display and team selection.

McGregor, who more than vindicated his recall to the starting line-up, described the wing-back's display as "outstanding".

"Everybody to a man, the way we responded after Monday," the Celtic midfielder added.

"It was a super big build-up and obviously the balloon burst with the performance and the result.

"It was deflated for a few days but I thought the boys answered every one of the critics emphatically."

07:32 AM

Good morning

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's coverage of live reaction to England's draw with Scotland last night.

How are you feeling this morning, England fans? Presumably a little hollow and disappointed - but Gareth Southgate is urging you to stay with them!

Last night, the England manager called on supporters to stick with the players after some England fans booed the team following the lacklustre goalless draw against old rivals Scotland at Euro 2020.

Having impressively beaten World Cup semi-final foes Croatia on Sunday, England knew they would progress to the knockout phase with a game to spare by winning Friday's auld enemy showdown.

But uninspired England fell well short of expectations against the wounded Scots, with John Stones' early header off the woodwork the best they could muster in a 0-0 draw at a partially filled Wembley.

Scotland made life tough under the arch, with Stephen O'Donnell denied superbly by Jordan Pickford in the first half and Lyndon Dykes seeing an effort cleared off the line in the second period.

The Tartan Army celebrated the boost to their last-16 hopes at the full-time whistle, whereas a number of England supporters among the restricted 20,306 crowd at Wembley booed their players.

"I think the timing of our movement, rotation patterns, could have been better at times," Southgate said when asked about the issue creating opportunities on Friday evening.

"I think we could have been a bit more decisive in our decision making in those areas, but I think Scotland defended those areas really well.

"Even towards the end, the one against one situations, they always had a second or third man across.

"Look, it's a game we know we didn't hit the level we wanted to or need to, but tonight we have to accept whatever comes our way.

"All I would say is I'm totally understanding that as the manager. I totally understand anything that comes my way.

"What we need to do is make sure we get behind the players because there's a lot of young players that need the support of everybody.

"Most of them haven't been involved in a game like that before and they are unique occasions.

"They'll learn a lot, they'll bounce back from it but they need everybody behind them."

Asked if he was angry with fans for booing at the end, Southgate said: "I think our fans are entitled to react however they want.

"We're disappointed with our own performance and I totally understand their reaction.

"We were expected to beat Scotland. They'll be frustrated by that and in the end we've got to live with that and deal with that."

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