England and Scotland played out a cagey 0-0 draw at Wembley stadium in Group D of the Euro 2020.
England vs Scotland is always a heated game, whether a friendly match or in competitive matches. It's likely to spark at any given moment. It is then understandable then that the Group D match between the two would be much anticipated.
England started out with Shaw back at left-back and in the squad whilst Reece James started at right-back. Scotland managed to regain a fit Kieran Tierney to slot in the back 3. Scott McTominay was set to start in an unfamiliar role as well, lining up as a right-sided center half.
The first half left much to be desired as it failed to live up to expectations with chances few & far in between. John Stones hit the woodwork from an England corner kick courtesy of Chelsea's Mason Mount.
Harry Kane was not far after getting on the end of a cross but just could not quite get on the end of it. Scotland did create a chance that forced Pickford into a great save after a wonderfully executed volley from O'Donnel seemed to destined for the bottom corner in the 30th minute.
Neither side made any changes as England kicked off the second half and started brighter than they did in the first; playing with more intensity and purpose. By the 57th minute, however, Scotland seemed to settle into the game again, managing to play out of the back with aplomb and holding England at arm's length.
Scotland came very close to taking the lead in the 62nd minute after a corner was not dealt with by the England defence, which then led to a shot on the half volley that needed to be cleared off the line by Reece James, which seemed destined for goal.
In the 63rd minute, England manager Gareth Southgate opted to take off England's best player on the night, Phil Foden for the Aston Villa number 10, Jack Grealish which surprised many. Perhaps it was the easiest substitution to make for the sake of seniority & experience.
England stepped up the tempo again after some good work down the left-hand side from Shaw & Grealish made space for the United left-back but his wayward shot left much to be desired.
In the 79th minute, Sterling went down in the box after a challenge from Robertson but the ref waved play on and the ball went out for a Scotland goal-kick. On second viewing, Raheem Sterling may have had a case.
Both sides made further changes with Rashford coming on for an ineffective Kane and Nisbet & Armstrong coming on 10 minutes apart in the 76th and 86th minute. Scotland earned themselves a stabilizing draw as England will be disappointed to have not carried on the momentum after their win versus Croatia.
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