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England and Scotland draw 0-0 in Euro 2020 clash at Wembley

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England and Scotland battled out a 0-0 draw at a rain-soaked Wembley in their eagerly anticipated Euro 2020 group game.

England’s John Stones hit the post in the first half and Scotland had a shot cleared off the line as the visitors earned a deserved first point in the tournament

The result means England still need at least a point from their last game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday to qualify for the last 16 while Scotland still harbour hopes of progressing.

Before the game, thousands of Scotland fans gathered in central London, chanting, singing and playing bagpipes around Leicester Square, King’s Cross and Hyde Park.

Scotland's John McGinn (front) and England's Luke Shaw battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
Image: Scotland’s John McGinn (front) and England’s Luke Shaw battle for the ball

England changed both their full-backs before their battle against Scotland, with manager Gareth Southgate putting in Luke Shaw and Reece James to replace Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker – the latter missing out on the squad altogether.

A mix of booing and cheering could be heard at the start of the game as both sets of players took a knee ahead of kick-off.

Having initially said they would not take the knee, the visitors changed their minds and – despite both sets of supporters booing their rivals’ national anthems – the reaction to the anti-racism gesture was the most positive of recent games, with cheers drowning out barely audible booing.

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England came close to a goal in the 11th minute of the Euro 2020 match when John Stones headed the ball against the post and again shortly after when Mason Mount came close following a mistake by Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay.

Scotland’s Kieran Tierney shot 25 minutes into the match from around 25-yards but it flew wide of the goal, leaving England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford untested.

Scotland’s first big moment of the night came when they nearly scored on the half-hour mark after Kieran Tierney overlapped Andy Robertson and sent in a deep cross.

Stephen O’Donnell caught it on the volley but England keeper Jordan Pickford made a strong save to claw it out.

England's Raheem Sterling (left) and Scotland's Billy Gilmour battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
Image: England’s Raheem Sterling (left) and Scotland’s Billy Gilmour battle for the ball.

The thousands of Tartan Army fans inside Wembley sounded far happier in the stands as the whistle blew for the interval.

Both sides started the second half intensely, with Mount getting England’s first on-target shot, hitting the ball towards the near post but goalkeeper David Marshall managed to keep it out.

O’Donnell then curled a delightful cross into the area which nearly reached Lyndon Dykes but Tyrone Mings leapt to make an important headed clearance.

Foden was replaced by Jack Grealish shortly in the second-half, and made an immediate impact by winning a corner on his first time on the ball.

A possible penalty appeal got England fans excited in the 79th minute after Sterling fell to the floor following a challenge by Robertson, but the referee was not interested and did not feel the need to call for VAR.

The Czech Republic lead Group D on goal difference with four points; England are second, also with four points; Croatia and Scotland both have one point, with Croatia ahead on goal difference.

Next Tuesday England take on the Czech Republic and Scotland play Croatia.