Impressive Scotland frustrate England in Wembley draw


Raheem Sterling of England is challenged by Andrew Robertson of Scotland during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on June 18, 2021 in London, England.

England and Scotland played out a goalless draw at Wembley to leave both countries with their hopes of reaching Euro 2020's knockout stage very much alive.

The first meeting between the men's teams in a major tournament since Euro 96 was played out in a typically raucous atmosphere despite only 22,500 fans in attendance - and both sides had big opportunities to win.

Most of the honours must go to Scotland, however, who bounced back from their opening defeat to the Czech Republic at Hampden Park with real resilience and character to fully deserve this important point.

It was The Tartan Army who were elated at the final whistle while England's players heard the sound of loud jeering from their supporters.

England, who were sluggish and disappointing, should have taken the lead early on when John Stones headed Mason Mount's corner against the woodwork. IMG-20210618-230041-301

As Scotland settled and improved, England were grateful to Jordan Pickford's superb save from Stephen O'Donnell and a goal-line clearance from Reece James to divert Lyndon Dykes' goal-bound shot after the break. IMG-20210618-230007-847

Gareth Southgate's side, with a win over Croatia in the bag, now have a chance to overtake the Czech Republic and win Group D in their final game while Scotland will chase victory against Croatia at Hampden Park.

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