England and Scotland go head-to-head in a mouth-watering Euro 2020 clash on Friday as Gareth Southgate looks to put his side in pole position to top Group D: Everything to know ahead of kick-off
- England and Scotland go to battle in an historic Euro 2020 clash on Friday night
- The Three Lions claimed an important 1-0 win over Croatia in their opener
- But Scotland are desperate for a result, having lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic
- Gareth Southgate once again has a selection headache ahead of the clash
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
England will look to continue their perfect start to the European Championships as they take on historic rivals Scotland on Friday night.
In one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures of the tournament, the pair will renew their long-standing rivalry, which dates all the way back to their first encounter in 1872 in front of 4,000 fans in Glasgow, in what FIFA recognises as the oldest international fixture in history.
It’s England who come into the clash as the favourites, not only because they will be playing at Wembley Stadium, but after claiming a crucial opening-match win over World Cup rivals Croatia.
Meanwhile, Scotland are under pressure to get their tournament going – and fast – after slumping to a highly disappointing 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic on Monday, with Patrik Schick’s long-range strike perhaps already nailed on for goal of the tournament.
Regardless, as the old adage goes, form goes out the window in a game of such magnitude, particularly in tournament conditions.
With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal as England claimed an important 1-0 win over Croatia
Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick scored a sublime long-range effort as Scotland lost 2-0
The mouth-watering encounter between England and Scotland will take place on Friday, June 18.
The match will start at 8pm BST and will be held at Wembley Stadium, which will be at 25 per cent capacity.
Elsewhere, Group D rivals Croatia and Czech Republic will have already played their second fixtures of the tournament, kicking off at 5pm earlier on Friday.
How to watch the match
England vs Croatia will be broadcast for free on ITV1, with coverage starting at 7pm, while Scottish channel STV will also be showing the game.
UK viewers will be able to stream the match online for free via the ITV Hub and STV Player.
Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Group D table, fixtures and results
It’s the Czech Republic who top the Group D table one game in, after their win over Scotland
England sit second in the Group D table after the opening round of fixtures, with the Czech Republic outscoring the Three Lions in their win over Scotland.
Steve Clarke’s Scotland find themselves in a difficult position after their opening-game defeat, with tricky encounters against England and Croatia to follow.
If anything can get the Scots psyched up, it’s a match against England, however, particularly at a tournament.
The pair last met in a World Cup qualifier 2017, when a last-gasp Harry Kane equaliser sealed a 2-2 draw for England.
But it was the Three Lions who prevailed 2-0 when they last squared off under competition conditions at Euro 96 – just one of two international tournaments Scotland have qualified for.
- June 13: England 1-0 Croatia
- June 14: Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic
- June 18: Croatia 0-2 Czech Republic – 5pm
- June 18: England vs Scotland – 8pm
- June 22: Czech Republic vs England – 8pm
- June 22: Croatia vs Scotland – 8pm
The big news for England is that keeper Dean Henderson has been forced to withdraw from the squad due to a hip injury, with Aaron Ramsdale called up to replace him.
Meanwhile, Jack Grealish was the sole absentee from England’s training session on Tuesday. The Aston Villa captain worked away from the team instead, in a bid to be fit for the clash.
Harry Maguire was involved, however, after returning to full training following an ankle injury that kept him out of England’s opener against Croatia, on top of Manchester United’s final five matches of the season. Whether he will be fit enough to feature remains to be seen.
Injuries aside, Southgate has a number of selection headaches ahead of Friday’s match. Primarily, the decision to start Kieran Trippier at left-back received widespread backlash, though the England manager subsequently stood by his selection.
Yet, with the likes of Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw on the bench, it wouldn’t be overly surprising to see a change, though the former was left out of the squad entirely against Croatia.
As was Jadon Sancho, who is clearly at the bottom of the attacking pecking order as things stand, with Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden starting last time out, while Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin came on as substitutes.
As for Scotland, they were dealt a major blow ahead of their opener against the Czech Republic, with left-back Kieran Tierney unfit. However, Clarke is hoping he’ll be available this time round.
In a major boost for Scotland, he returned to full training just 24 hours after missing their opener.
Additionally, there could be starts for the likes of Billy Gilmour and Che Adams, who are both pushing for a first-team place.
Harry Kane will look to impress after being subbed off in England’s 1-0 win against Croatia
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Aarom Ramsdale (Sheffield United).
Defenders: Ben White (Brighton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City).
Scotland are hopeful Kieran Tierney (right) can return after missing out against Switzerland
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian) David Marshall (Derby County) Jon McLaughlin (Rangers).
Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United) Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) Grant Hanley (Norwich City) Jack Hendry (KV Oostende) *on loan from Celtic Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forrest) Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell) Nathan Patterson (Rangers) Andy Robertson (Liverpool) Greg Taylor (Celtic) Kieran Tierney (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) Ryan Christie (Celtic) John Fleck (Sheffield United) Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) John McGinn (Aston Villa) Callum McGregor (Celtic) Scott McTominay (Manchester United) David Turnbull (Celtic).
Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton) Lyndon Dykes (Queen’s Park Rangers) James Forrest (Celtic) Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United) Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian).
England vs Scotland: The odds
With England coming among favourites to win the European Championships, while Scotland fell to a disappointing defeat in their opener, it comes as no surprise that the Three Lions are expected to come out on top on Friday.
England are favoured at 2/7 to prevail, while Scotland are the underdogs at 9/1. Meanwhile, a draw is at 4/1.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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