MATCH picks out five talking points from England v Scotland at Wembley!
IT STILL MATTERS!
It’s been just over four years since England last played Scotland, and just over 25 since they last met in a major tournament! The oldest international rivalry clearly still means loads to the fans, though. Supporters flooded the famous Wembley Way hours before kick-off, with St Georges crosses painted on faces and kilts waving dangerously in the wind! The atmosphere in the ground was electric too, with both national anthems belted out before kick-off!
ON YA HEAD!
We know what both gaffers are gonna be practising in training over the weekend – headers! The two biggest chances of the first half were from headers. John Stones glanced a free header onto the post from a corner and Scotland’s Che Adams was unable to redirect a great chance into a gaping goal. D’oh!
WHAT’S UP, HARRY?
England captain Harry Kane only managed ten touches in the first half – fewer than any other player on the pitch! The fact that Gareth Southgate chose to sub him off after 73 minutes when The Three Lions were chasing a goal says A LOT. Was he too isolated against a back three? Should he be given more freedom to drop deeper? Is he distracted by the rumours about his club future? Whatever it is, it needs sorted quick if the skipper is gonna win another Golden Boot!
One of the biggest rounds of applause of the night came when Jack Grealish made his major international debut in the 62nd minute! In the 30 minutes he was on the pitch, he was fouled more times than any other player and had as many touches as Kane managed in 70+ minutes. Three Lions fans will be calling for him to start the game against the Czech Republic next Tuesday!
Gareth Southgate will be scratching his head as to how to get the best of his mega talented squad! Whatever happens they should have enough points to make the knockouts, but there’s pressure on their game with the Czech Republic to finish top. As for Scotland, Steve Clarke must be pretty pumped with how well his side coped with the England attack, and they’ll need to take that confidence into their must-win game against Croatia!