England and Scotland draw shows Gareth Southgate may have another Wayne Rooney
England failed to make it two wins from two at Euro 2020 by drawing with Scotland on Friday evening. The Three Lions went into the match looking to build on Sunday’s 1-0 win over Croatia. But that didn’t happen, with Gareth Southgate’s side instead taking just a point from the showdown at Wembley.
England were too strong for Croatia last time out, winning 1-0 courtesy of Raheem Sterling’s second half goal.
They went into tonight’s match with Scotland looking to make it two victories from two as a result but, unfortunately for Southgate’s side, that didn’t happen.
England hit the post through John Stones but the Three Lions, by and large, were insipid going forward.
And that meant they ended up taking just a point from the match, leaving their hopes of topping the group in the balance in the process.
It was a disappointing night for the hosts so Express Sport will now take a look at four things we learned from the match at Wembley.
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England may have another Rooney
Harry Kane doesn’t appear to be 100 per cent fit. The Tottenham star went into the tournament with many tipping him for the Golden Boot but, after two matches, is yet to get off the mark.
And that begs the thought: does Southgate have another Rooney?
Rooney was always prolific for Manchester United but, when it came to appearing at major tournaments for his country, failed to deliver.
Kane, to his credit, won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup. But he failed to score a single goal in the knockout stages and, now, his drought at major competitions has gone on.
He’s just enjoyed the best individual campaign of his Tottenham career but England need thast version of the 28-year-old, rather than this one, if they’re to go all the way.
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Full back changes justified
In truth, it was a pretty flat display from England.
But the two full-backs, who were drafted in before the game after being benched against Croatia, both sparkled on the night.
Reece James was a top performer, with the Chelsea star posing an attacking threat and also preventing Scotland from taking the lead with a superb performance on the line.
And Luke Shaw, while he didn’t get forward with the same gusto as at Manchester United, looked a potent threat as well.
England should make changes for the Czech Republic next time out but both Shaw and James has proven they’ve done enough to start on the biggest stage of all.
England lacked midfield bite
When it comes to midfielders, England have many quality individuals capable of changing a game.
But, as Graham Souness pointed out while doing punditry duties for BT Sport at half time, they lack a midfield maestro. Somebody to control the match and take charge.
That was a point proved by the statistics department with all three of Scotland’s midfielders having 100 per cent passing stats for the first half.
England could still win Euro 2020.
But, based on this evidence, they have a long way to go. A long, long way to go indeed…
What’s the state of play?
England now have four points from their opening two matches, having beaten Croatia but failed to break down Scotland.
Scotland have picked up one point from their first two fixtures, drawing against England but losing to the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic have four points so far after beating Scotland and picking up a point against Croatia today.
And Croatia themselves have just the one point, which was earned today via a draw and keeps their hopes of qualifying from the group alive.
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