Scotland have battled hard to earn a well-earned 0-0 draw with England in the second Group D match at Euro 2020, with the likes of Arsenal man Tierney showing their world-class quality at Wembley.
Steve Clarke’s side responded to an opening day defeat to Czech Republic with a heroic display. Arsenal man Tierney returned from injury to hold England’s attack with Scott McTominay and Grant Hanley while Billy Gilmour showed he’s destined for the top on his first start. O’Donnell and Che Adams missed chances but it’s a great point regardless.
Scotland started with pace and aggressive tackling just like they did in the Czech Republic game. But they were inviting England to score early doors, John Stones somehow missing with a free header from five yards out while Mason Mount missed a shot inside the six-yard box.
Clarke’s side had to keep cool. He had named an attacking side as he knew something was needed from this match, the boldest choice thrusting 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder Gilmour into his first international start as part of four attacking changes. Adams came in up top, Callum McGregor moved into midfield.
Arsenal man Tierney’s return at left-centre-back was another huge boost for Clarke, who’s side were presented a huge chance. O’Donnell’s brilliant cross found Adams, Conor Coady doing well to block the his shot.
O’Donnell’s chance was huge in the first half. A great cross from Tierney was met superbly by the Motherwell right-back on the volley, denied well by Jordan Pickford. The England goalkeeper would call on help from Reece James after half-time after Lyndon Dykes’ shot was blocked.
Adams blazed a shot over the bar as Scotland created the better of the chances. A day of draws in Group D means Scotland have it in their hands to qualify for the next round of the Euros, with a win over Croatia probably enough to see them through. Here are three things we learned.
Gilmour. That’s it.
He’s unreal, utterly spellbinding. For 75 minutes the Chelsea midfielder played the central area like a fiddle, amongst his club peers, rivals and far superior colleagues in terms of experience. Gilmour’s going straight to the top.
O’Donnell, McTominay, Hanley, Tierney and Andy Robertson, unbelievable. All five of them did so well to limit England to little chances of note and captain Harry Kane was subbed with a whimper. Special mention to Arsenal man Tierney, who battled injury to make it happen.
Make it count
There’s a platform now for this Scotland side to really create history. Scotland have destiny on their doorstep, with the game against Croatia at Hampden the stage for legends. Win, and Scotland are in the last 16 of a major finals for the first time. All to play for.
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