Entering this one off the back of that shattering defeat at home in their opening game, Scotland take a trip down south and must secure a positive result against England to keep their qualification hopes alive.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Wembley Stadium
England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a winning start thanks to a strong display against Croatia and a winning goal from Raheem Sterling.
Following that win, the Three Lions have now won seven straight games and are closing in on their most consecutive wins ever (10), which they achieved as far back as 1909. And while they might not be the most entertaining side to watch, they could go down as one of the most efficient.
A win here will secure Gareth Southgate’s side a place in the knockout stages and will allow him to experiment with his team a little in their final group game, just before the business gets harder.
Scotland lost 2-0 at home to the Czech Republic but probably will be disappointed with that outcome, considering they were the better side for large portions of the game. They were much often caught out in possession or while trying to play out from the back, and should they elect to play the same way against England, they could be in for a long evening.
The only time Scotland had faced England in a major tournament was in the group stage of Euro 1996, coincidentally held at Wembley as well. England ran out 2-0 winners that day and Steve Clarke will not be hoping for a repeat of that scoreline or else their chances of qualification are in jeopardy.
Southgate might elect to continue in defence with Tyrone Mings, and that will mean Harry Maguire still will have to wait for his bow.
Dean Henderson has been ruled out for the remainder of Euro 2020 due to a hip problem.
Kieran Tierney wasn’t involved against Czech Republic and could likely miss this game also. Billy Gilmour couldn’t get off the bench against Czech, suggesting he’s not yet in tip-top condition.
England’s last five games: WWWWW
Scotland’s last five games: DWDWL
This is the 33rd meeting between the sides at Wembley. None of the previous 32 have finished goalless.
Scotland have won just one of their last 11 matches vs England (D2 L8).
There is almost no doubt that England wins this game. They are by far the better side and are in better form.
Scotland have also never scored after going behind in a Euro finals match. England’s sturdy defense is unlikely to let Scotland have much sniff at goal. Back England to win at 3/10 and both teams not to score at 8/13
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