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“That ain’t workin'” – Player ratings as Scotland outplay England and earn battling Wembley draw at Euro 2020

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:14, 18 June 2021

In a rain-soaked night of international football, England and Scotland played out a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

After the Czech Republic and Croatia played out a rather tepid 1-1 draw earlier in the evening, the two British sides matched the result albeit Scotland were a bit more lively and secured a result that keeps them alive in Group D heading into the final game against Croatia.

Here’s how the players rated at Wembley:

England

Jordan Pickford – 8 – Massive save from O’Donnel’s volley. Commanded his box with supreme authority (no, really!) he was the only England player who really acquitted himself with distinction.

Reece James – 7 – A constant outlet on the right but one rarely used by England. Skiffed a good chance over the bar but also headed a ball off the line.

John Stones – 7 – Headed off the post 10 minutes in; a chance he should have scored. Decent at the back.

Tyrone Mings – 8 – Mega clearance early but looked shaky for much of the game, yet always managed to recover and get a big block or clearance in, especially when Scotland sent crosses into the box. However his passing was so poor and that hurt England.

Luke Shaw – 7 – Didn’t do much in attack but was really solid defending his flank.

Declan Rice – 4 – Solid on the cover but not ambitious enough with his passes. A disappointment overall in a game where England needed so much more from their defensive midfielder in possession. “That ain’t workin’,” said Graeme Souness of England’s midfield trio. “I don’t care what anyone says, that ain’t workin’.”

Kalvin Phillips – 5 – Lost in a more advanced role, but got back and defended well.

Mason Mount – 6 – A couple of nice shots and defended very well, but offered far too little in terms of penetrative passing and his set-pieces were unusually poor. “The delivery tonight, nowhere near good enough,” said Roy Keane. “How many times did it hit the first man? Nowhere near good enough.”

Phil Foden – 6 – Looked really lively whenever he had the ball, capable of creating danger for Scotland. Was bizarrely taken off for Grealish when the prospect of the two of them linking up would have been a delight.

Raheem Sterling – 7 – England’s brightest spark. Looked really sharp with and without the ball. At the hub of every England attack, which admittedly wasn’t saying much but was nevertheless true.

Harry Kane – 4 – Another trainwreck of a performance from England’s captain. Looked completely devoid of energy and Ian Wright lamented how sluggish England were post-match, saying: “I was embarrassed for us today.”

Substitutes:

Jack Grealish (for Foden 64′) – 6 – Came on to an incredible ovation and instantly you could see his impact, carrying the ball with confidence. However he didn’t look on the same wavelength as any of his team-mates, and you can tell England make no effort to build around him like a sensible team would.

Marcus Rashford (for Kane 74′) – 5 – Couldn’t get into the game. Touched it maybe three times? So strange to bring him on by himself and leave Jadon Sancho on the bench.


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Scotland

David Marshall – 7 – Did what little he had to do well.

Scott McTominay – 8 – Caught in possession early on, but recovered after that and put in a powerful display. Still looks shaky in possession but is emerging into a genuine presence at the back. A superb block stopped England snatching it late.

Grant Hanley – 8 – A rock at the heart of the Scottish defence.

Kieran Tierney – 8 – Sumptuous bringing the ball out from the back, even overlapping Robertson at times and creating chances. Really impressive defensively as well.

Stephen O’Donnell – 8 – Sublime volley well-saved by Pickford. A freight train up and down the right for Scotland, especially prominent when Jack Grealish came off the bench – helping to close the space around the great midfielder.

Callum McGregor – 7 – Worked tirelessly in the middle. Great energy guy.

Billy Gilmour – 8 – Had a fantastic battle with Mason Mount. Struggled a bit early but soon got to grips with the game and began really taking control of the game’s tempo. Won the ball and distributed it superbly in just his first-ever start for Scotland. “Nothing phases him,” said Andrew Robertson post-match. And on this evidence, you can’t disagree.

John McGinn – 8 – Feisty in the early going, liquid after. Ran the show with Billy Gilmour.

Andrew Robertson – 8 – A monstrous display from the Liverpool left-back. Never stopped going in both attack and defence, delivering glorious crosses into the box (from open play and set-piece) and making sure England could never advance down his flank.

Che Adams – 7 – His movement was so impressive, England couldn’t live with him. However he didn’t threaten the couple of times the ball did fall to him in the box.

Lyndon Dykes – 7 – Won a colossal 9 aerial duels. Really dominant in the air, but not quite there on the deck.

Substitutes:

Stuart Armstrong (for Gilmour 76′) – 6 – Added energy.

Kevin Nisbet (for Adams 86′) – n/a – Came on late.