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England 0-0 Scotland: Player ratings as Steve Clarke’s men claim spirited point at Wembley

ENGLAND, SCOTLAND - JUNE 18: Billy Gilmour in action for Scotland during a Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium, on June 18, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
ENGLAND, SCOTLAND - JUNE 18: Billy Gilmour in action for Scotland during a Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium, on June 18, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

Scotland revived their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a courageous 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.

The result was the least the Scots deserved on a night in which they kept their much-lauded opponents quiet throughout, with Stephen O’Donnell and Lyndon Dykes coming closest to a breakthrough for Steve Clarke’s men after John Stones hit the post for England early on.

Scotland’s point gets them off the mark in Group D following their 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic on Monday, setting them up for a massive crunch fixture against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Here is how the players ranked on a night in which Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour excelled in his first national team start.

SCOTLAND (5-3-2) –

David Marshall 6 – A quiet match in which he was rarely troubled, other than a fine save from Mount shortly after the break.

Stephen O’Donnell 7 – A much-improved display from the right wing-back, offering a dangerous attacking outlet and desperately unlucky to see his superb first half volley saved by Jordan Pickford.

Scott McTominay 6 – Other than an early moment of slackness which was nearly punished by Sterling, it was a smooth transition to centre-half.

Grant Hanley 8 – Picked up from where he left off with another commanding defensive display, succeeding in keeping England talisman Harry Kane quiet throughout.

Kieran Tierney 8 – Showed how badly he was missed against Czech Republic with a sparking defensive display, showing no end of bravery in possession further upfield.

Kieran Tierney.

Andy Robertson 8 – Another sublime captain’s performance, making the most of the added support from Tierney to cover almost every blade of grass.

John McGinn 6 – Looked wound up in the early stages, which resulted in a cheap yellow card, but once he settled down he became an effective ball carrier in midfield.

Billy Gilmour 8 (Stuart Armstrong 76) – Showed endless courage after being handed his first international start on the highest stage. The youngster played beyond his years in an impressively composed display.

Scotland debutant Billy Gilmour applauds as he leaves the pitch. 

Callum McGregor 6 – Quietly assured in the heart of the pitch, always offering himself as an option to link defence and attack.

Lyndon Dykes 7 – A gutsy centre-forward display in which he ran himself into the ground and was denied a goal only by a last-ditch clearance by James.

Lyndon Dykes holds off Kalvin Phillips.

Che Adams 7 (Kevin Nisbet 85) – A real livewire on the counter attack as he dropped deep into pockets behind his strike partner, with an early effort blocked by the England defence.

Subs not used – Craig Gordon, Jon McLaughlin, Ryan Christie, John Fleck, Liam Cooper, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Fraser, Nathan Patterson, Jack Hendry, James Forrest, Scott McKenna.

 

ENGLAND (4-3-3) – Pickford 7; James 6, Stones 6, Mings 6, Shaw 6; Phillips 6, Rice 6, Mount; Foden 5 (Grealish 63), Kane 5 (Rashford 74), Sterling 6.

Subs not used – Ramsdale, Johnstone, Maguire, Henderson, Trippier, Coady, Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Chilwell, Bellingham.

Referee – Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain) 5

Attendance –

Man of the match: Billy Gilmour

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