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England given reality check by gutsy Scotland in stalemate

England's ambitions to be crowned kings of Europe got a cold dose of reality as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a gutsy Scotland side in a Euro 2020 'Battle of Britain' on Friday.

2021-06-19 08:31:00 AM

. Eng land's ambitions to be crowned kings of Europe got a cold dose of reality as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a gutsy Sco tlandNT side in a Euro2020 'Battle of Britain' IOLsport ENG SCO

Eng land's ambitions to be crowned kings of Europe got a cold dose of reality as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a gutsy Sco tland side in a Euro 2020 'Battle of Britain' on Friday.

"It wasn't our best performance, but it's another point closer to qualification and that's our ultimate goal."England are level on four points with the Czech Republic who they face at Wembley on Tuesday when Scotland and Croatia, who each have one point, meet at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

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Scotland will face Croatia with renewed belief after a superb reaction to their 2-0 home defeat by the Czechs."Everybody's buzzing after that," midfielder Callum McGregor said."I thought every player was first class, outstanding to a man. We needed that performance to keep us alive in the group."

While too many of England's players underperformed, Scotland's played out of their skins with Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour outstanding on his first start.PERFECT STAGEWhen the heavens opened again shortly before kick off it felt like the perfect conditions for Scotland's 'Bravehearts' to upset the odds on the Auld Enemy's turf. headtopics.com

Adams, one of four changes from the side that started against the Czech Republic, almost drew first blood for the Scots in the fourth minute when his goalbound shot from O'Donnell's cut back struck Stones.England responded with Stones rattling the frame of the goal from a corner by Mason Mount, who then wasted a glorious chance, prodding wide after good work by Raheem Sterling.

England never looked in control and were indebted to Jordan Pickford for a great low save from O'Donnell's volley.England were crying out for the dribbling skills of Grealish and they failed to land a shot on target in the first half of a match at Wembley for the first time since 2017.

Scotland, on the other hand, reached the interval growing in belief that something special was brewing.Southgate resisted the temptation to play his cards at halftime and England began the second period well with Mount's fierce shot forcing Marshall into his first save.

James, one of two changes to the England side that beat Croatia on Sunday, then lifted a shot over.It was all too frantic for the hosts though and England suffered another scare when Dykes' effort looked like creeping in before James headed clear. headtopics.com

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