Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has returned to centre-back for Scotland against England in a major tactical call by manager Steve Clarke.

The Manchester United engine room worker was played on the right-hand-side of Clarke’s 3-5-2 system during the early stages of the Euro 2020 qualification campaign. It was always Clarke’s preference to play him in midfield but McTominay will accommodate a tactical shuffle at Wembley.

The Manchester United man is in defence for Scotland against England.

The Manchester United man is in defence for Scotland against England. (Photo by UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Centre-back Jack Hendry drops out the squad to make way for exciting midfielder Billy Gilmour in an attacking swap, meaning Manchester United man McTominay moves into defence alongside Grant Hanley and the returning Kieran Tierney. The latter has recovered in time from a calf injury.

McTominay featured in midfield during the opening Group D match against Czech Republic, which Scotland lost 2-0. A 1-1 draw between the Czechs and Croatia – who England beat 1-0 in their opening match – means even a point in London would mean Scotland still have a chance of finishing second in the group.

Third place is enough to qualify from the group potentially, three points perhaps enough while four would all but guarantee progression to the knockout rounds for the first time.

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