Euro 2020: England Labour In Scots Stalemate

Last updated : 18 June 2021 By Three Lions

The Auld Enemy played out a goalless draw in Friday night's Euro 2020 clash at Wembley, England held by Scotland in a game of few clear-cut chances.

With two changes from Sunday's victory against Croatia, both in the full-back positions, Gareth Southgate's side started in similar fashion and could have been a goal to the good early on when John Stones rose to meet a corner and saw his header strike the post.

But a well-organised, superbly drilled Scotland side soon found their feet and restricted the hosts to very few sights of goal, Jordan Pickford called into action to palm away Stephen O'Donnell's drive.

England looked to press further forward as the second-half began but again slipped back into a sluggish mood, even the much called-for introduction of Jack Grealish failing to spark them into life.

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Southgate and his players will now brace themselves for criticism over the next few days, the manager and his backroom staff looking to solve the problems both of a lack of creativity and Harry Kane's quiet performances ahead of Tuesday evening's final group stage fixture with the Czech Republic.

Their draw with Croatia earlier in the day sees the Czechs top the table with four points, ahead of England on goal difference.

The knockout stages still await for Southgate's side but a sharp improvement will be needed if they are to make a lasting impact on the tournament.