Qualification for a first major finals in 23 years was special, kicking it off at Hampden extraordinary – but this? This was the big one. The standout. The highlight of the pre-tournament schedule. The cherry on the cake. The cone on the statue and the castle on the rock.
As soon as qualification was secured the Tartan Army mobilised despite covid restrictions and now an estimated 20,000 were in London for the game – with only a fraction of that figure carrying tickets to the big night under the arch.
It’s always a big match and this one mattered with Scotland needing to register some points to carry any hope of escaping Group D – and England seeking the same to ensure qualification.
Gareth Southgate’s side won their opener against Croatia while Scotland were defeated by Czech Republic at Hampden – a match capped off by Patrik Schick’s halfway-line wonder goal.
That tee’d up the Auld Enemy clash nicely and we had football writers Alan Pattullo and Barry Anderson on the ground in Wembley for all the night’s crucial match action and reaction.
So whether you were in the ground with them, in the pub, in London, or in Scotland – or even at work – The Scotsman brought you all the latest build-up, match action and reaction as you’d expect to ensure you wouldn’t miss a thing.
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England v Scotland: Euro 2020 RECAP
Last updated: Friday, 18 June, 2021, 17:35
- FULL TIME --- ENGLAND 0 SCOTLAND 0 (ht 0-0)
- SCOTLAND: Marshall, O’Donnell, Robertson, Hanley, McTominay, Tierney, McGregor, McGinn, Gilmour (Armstrong 76), Adams (Nisbet 85), Dykes.
- GROUP D: Czech Republic 4pts; England 4pts; Croatia 1pt; Scotland 1pt
- Final group stage fixtures: Tuesday, June 22 - 8pm - Croatia v Scotland; England v Czech Republic
Good afternoon and welcome to The Scotsman’s match coverage of England v Scotland in Group D of the European Championships.
We’ll bring you all the information you need ahead of kick-off whether you are one of the many Tartan Army in London or supporting Scotland from home.
There are plenty of Scotland fans in London - our reporter Alex Brown caught up with a few
Here’s a man who knows a thing or two about beating England - and his tip on how Steve Clarke can swing the Auld Enemy clash in his favour.
Jim McCalliog: I was the kid when Scotland won at Wembley and I'd love to see Billy Gilmour play this time
The scene is Wembley 54 years ago and out on the pitch the Scottish football oracle approaches three men in dark blue for their final thoughts before the big game.
I want to see Scott McTominay beside Billy Gilmour for his game awareness and ahead of him, John McGinn.
Dundee midfielder Charlie Adam on Radio 5 Live
Billy Gilmour is a wonderful player. We are going to be under a bit of pressure tonight and he can get us up the pitch.
There’s been plenty of debate over who should play (and who shouldn’t) tonight.
We’re still around two and a half hours from the team line-ups being announced - but the boost for Scotland is Kieran Tierney, who missed Monday’s game with the Czech Republic through injury IS fit and available for selection.
If you watched our earlier video with the Tartan Army in London you’ll note several predictions for John McGinn to score the winner.... and many predicting in the 90th minutes.
Here’s how the bookies rate that chance...
Scotland win 21/2 (McBookie)
Scotland 1-0 25/1 (Paddypower)
Scotland 1-0 and John McGinn first scorer 190/1 (SkyBet)
Half-time DRAW, Full-time SCOTLAND 20/1 (bet365)
John McGinn last scorer 30/1 (Unibet)
Reports elsewhere have suggested a leaked Scotland team has been circulated - and the rumoured line-up includes starts for Scott McTominay, Billy Gilmour and Che Adams.
Pat Nevin, who scored for Scotland in Euro 92, says Gilmour has a big part to play against the Auld Enemy.
Here’s what our team thought Steve Clarke’s team could look like.
Steve Clarke is facing the biggest team selection of his career as he ponders over the 11 Scotland players who will take to the field at Wembley on Friday.
The JPIMedia sports team have previewed tonight’s match on our podcast - We Could Be Euros.
Last time out
Scotland kicked off Euro 2020 with a Hampden defeat from the Czech Republic - and THAT goal from Patrik Schick.