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Euro 2020: England show worrying signs in goalless draw with Scotland

England and Scotland played out a goalless draw at Wembley on Friday night.

The highly anticipated clash was the first time the Auld Enemy had faced each other in a tournament since Euro 1996.

Che Adams had an early chance for Scotland after some neat interplay down the right wing but was denied by a block from John Stones.

Manchester City defender Stones should have put England ahead after 11 minutes when he got free of Lyndon Dykes at a corner but his header cannoned off the post.

England were energised by the opportunity and came close again shortly after when Mason Mount shot wide.

Scotland had their best chance of the game with 30 minutes on the clock when Stephen O'Donnell's rasping volley was denied by an excellent one handed save from Jordan Pickford.

The Three Lions' much vaunted attacking corps failed to live up to the hype, with Harry Kane looking especially off the pace.

It didn't get much better for Gareth Southgate's side in the second-half as a determined Scotland side, led by Norwich City captain Grant Hanley, defended with immense discipline.

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour, making his full international debut, was the best player on the park as he calmly pulled the strings for the Tartan Army.

Chances were sparse in the second stanza as Southgate replaced Phil Foden and Harry Kane with Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford to inject some energy into the attack.

Raheem Sterling appealed for a penalty after getting tangled with Andy Robertson but referee Mateu Lahoz saw nothing in it.

A mad scramble in England's box almost ended in a tap-in for the home side but John McGinn managed to clear.

Loud cheers from the away supporters were audible around Wembley at the final whistle as Scotland kept alive their chances of reaching the knockout stages. They will need to beat Croatia in their final group game on Tuesday night.

England will have plenty to contemplate after a deflating performance which lacked the creativity and spark they need to win this tournament.



EURO 2020 - GROUP STAGE

England - 0

Scotland - 0

Wembley, London
Man of the Match:Billy Gilmour

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