England welcome their neighbours north of the border to Wembley on Friday night (8pm kick-off, UK time), taking on Scotland in the second game of Group D at Euro 2020.
The Three Lions made a perfect start to the multi-host tournament at the weekend, winning their opening match at a European Championship for the first time ever, with Raheem Sterling’s second-half goal sealing a 1-0 win over Croatia. Scotland meanwhile were outdone by the brilliance of Patrik Schick, who netted a brace — including that 50-yarder — as the Czech Republic ran out 2-0 victors at Hampden Park.
Where to watch England vs Scotland on TV:
- UK: ITV
- US: ESPN
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England vs Scotland build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Eyebrows were raised prior to kick-off against Croatia, but Gareth Southgate pacified the criticism in the aftermath as England ran out 1-0 victors, keeping the heart-in-mouth moments to a minimum as Luka Modric and Co struggled to fashion clear openings. Scotland, though, always represents a more emotionally-fuelled occasion, so Southgate’s job will not only be to make the correct tactical decisions, but also to mentally prepare his players for a potentially feisty encounter.
Scotland meanwhile were made to rue one or two missed chances in Glasgow, with Steve Clarke’s side creating openings — and good ones at that — but their shooting boots ultimately eluded them on the day. In the end, it was the ‘Schick show’, so now there is huge pressure on the Scots to not only seal bragging rights against their neighbours, but also keep their chances of progressing out of the group alive. Defeat here could spell serious trouble for Clarke.
- England (vs Croatia): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Foden, Sterling, Kane.
- Scotland (vs Czech Republic): Marshall; Hendry, Hanley, Cooper; O’Donnell, McTominay, Armstrong, Robertson; Dykes, Christie.
Dean Henderson sustained a hip injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from Euro 2020, meaning Aaron Ramsdale has received a call-up. Elsewhere, Harry Maguire has continued to train but whether he is deemed fit enough to start on Friday night remains unknown. The player himself remains confident. “I feel good. I’m back available, been training and I’m looking forward to it,” said Maguire.
Kieran Tierney meanwhile missed Scotland’s opener with a knock but has since returned to training and is in line to make the squad.
Steve Clarke has declared Kieran Tierney fit after the Arsenal man missed the Czech Republic defeat, offering Scotland a huge boost and offering an even bigger threat down their left flank alongside Andy Robertson.
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Players to watch:
- England: There was an air of frustration about an hour or so before kick-off as Southgate announced, what looked like on paper, an overly-cautious starting XI against Croatia. As it turns out, the pragmatic approach worked a treat. England were not exactly 1970 Brazil, but they were professional, disciplined, and limited Croatia to few opportunities. Part of that success was down to the role of Kalvin Phillips. It first appeared that he would play in a double-pivot with Declan Rice, hence the initial frustration, but he was actually taken out of his comfort zone as a deep-lying tempo-setter, and was instead deployed as a mezzala. Phillips was given license to surge up the turf, link play and break up possession in the final third. The more forward-thinking approach proved a masterstroke as the Leeds man played a blinder and set up the winning goal.
- Scotland: It is certainly no mean feat making a midfield trident of Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic look ordinary, but that is exactly what Rice, Phillips and Mason Mount did. So, Scotland now have an extraordinary job on their hands of getting the midfield balance right and unsettling England’s trio (should Southgate stick rather than twist that is). But, whatever line-up he chooses, or formation deployed, Scott McTominay has a huge burden to man the engine room for Scotland and orbit the centre circle, looking to thwart the rhythm of England. It’s a role he regularly carries out at the highest level for Man Utd, so he will relish the challenge.