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What was billed as the Battle of Britain was more flopscotch as lacklustre England were held by Scotland in 0-0 Euros clash with gutted fans booing the Lions but the Tartan Army party continues
The point keeps both nations’ hopes of qualifying for the last 16 alive.There was an electric atmosphere inside Wembley Stadium, where more than 17,000 Three Lions fans and 3,000 Scotland supporters had bellowed their hearts out.But England fans were much less happy with the result, booing the players after the final whistle.
They had been the favourites with Scotland outsiders at 12-1. But betting giant Betfair reported more wagers had been placed backing the Scots.What is your view? Have your say in the comment sectionBoth teams took the knee before the game. Some boos were drowned out by a wave of cheers and applause.
Both sides had their chances in the torrential rain. England came particularly close early on when Jon Stones hit the post with a header.Fans were thrilled to have seen their country’s team play live after so long.England supporters Dave Ryan, 51, and his best mate Mike Foster, 52, who was belatedly celebrating his birthday, had arrived at the West London stadium three hours before kick-off. headtopics.com
Follow all the latest Euro 2020 news by signing up to one of the Mirror's newsletters Cambridge United fan Dave, a teacher from Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, was determined to enjoy the game as he originally had seven pairs of tickets for matches at the tournament.
But because of Covid restrictions he was only able to attend this one and the second semi-final at Wembley.He said: “It’s still a decent result, even though we always want to beat Scotland. We just have to do it against the Czech Republic. I try not to think about winning it as there’s been so many disappointment, but I really think we can win it.
“It’s just great to get back in a stadium and finally celebrate Mike’s birthday. I lost a load of tickets because of the reduced capacity.“But England versus Scotland is always the big one, and after getting to only one Cambridge game and having to celebrate promotion watching a laptop in a pub, it was fantastic to be at a game.”
Scott Chrzaszcz, 33, a scaffolder from Northampton, said: “It was a game we should be winning. We have got to be beating Scotland.”Scot Ruairidh Hendry, 21, from a part-time Tesco cashier from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, said: “A draw is fine. I’m happy, we played well against a strong team but it’s about the experience. I’m proud with a draw, it’s more than we could have hoped for in all honesty.” headtopics.com
Legendary rocker Rod Stewart was in the crowd with his family cheering on his beloved Scotland.Sir Rod, 76, said: “I’ve been watching this game since I was 14 years old, I have been here so many times. Win or lose, as long as they do us proud. I am the Cockney Scotsman!”
He recalled running on to the pitch following the Scots’ 2-1 victory over England in 1977, when the goalposts were pulled down by marauding fans.“I was with my dad, and ran onto the pitch with my Tam O’ Shanter on,” he recalled. “I was stopped by a police officer, and I took it off and he recognised me and said ‘oh, go on then.’“
Dentists Brendan Murphy, 51, and Allan Rennie, 44, forked out £3,300 on two tickets for the match.The friends said the decision to splash the cash came at the last minute because they wanted to get involved in some “good vibes” after the long months of the pandemic.
Brendan, of Houston, Renfrewshire, said: “I shouldn’t admit this because the wife will kill me if she reads it, but the only tickets available were VIP ones and it was £3,300 for the pair.”Former Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was pictured being turned away from the stadium before kick-off in a mix-up at the VIP parking area. headtopics.com
Parking officials were heard asking the Scot, 79, to move due to the queue of traffic behind him, but he was later seen watching from the stands inside.An estimated 20,000 Scotland fans were in the capital after arriving by train, plane and coach.There were minor skirmishes on Wembley Way before the match but police horses separated the fans.
There had been a carnival atmosphere in Central London throughout the day and rain didn’t prevent the Tartan Army enjoying the occasion.Few England supporters were seen around as the Scottish contingent grew by the minute. A bagpiper led a rousing rendition of Flower of Scotland and fans bellowed “No Scotland: No Party” and sang disco hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, their unofficial song.
Police stood by and watched the good natured sing-song despite little sign of any sort of social distancing.Plans for a big outdoors party at Hyde Park were abandoned because of the weather but many fans headed to Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Baker Street.
A man was doing a roaring trade outside Piccadilly Circus Tube station selling waterproof ponchos for £5.Kieran Barclay and his friends from Cardonald, Glasgow, arrived in London with no tickets and partied at Hyde Park, ignoring the rain.Kieran, 27, said: “Who cares about a spot of rain, We’re Scottish. This is like Tenerife to us.”
Pals Michael Chan, 26, and Adam Henderson, 25, had travelled from Dumfries. Michael said: “We’ve been having a good sing-song and the rain hasn’t bothered us much. We did the forward planning and had pubs booked, so it’s all good.” Read more: Daily Mirror »
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You were outplayed and lucky to come away with a point. If that’s your best team, good luck getting beyond the next round. If they are going to spend time on lecturing the nation on racism rather than concentrating on the job in hand then they need to make sure their performances are top notch rather than the mediocre we got last night.
Yeah they had a answer to every play England made.. unlucky not to score on a few occasions too.
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