I got to tell you, I am guilty. I am one of those who actually had faith that the England soccer team has come of age and actually had a chance of winning this shindig. Call it the faith of an abused wife that somehow her husband will suddenly turn into the Gandhi. Time and time again England flatters to deceive and against the Scots in the all British clash that showed. Toothless in front of goal, lacking urgency and devoid of creativity. Yep that sums it up.
The clammers heard recently to include Grealish were finally heard as the Villa playmaker made his appearance in the second half to little effect except winning free kicks. Southgate’s faith in Sterling clearly misplaced, Kane had one of his most unproductive games for the 3 lions, in terms of assists and shots and goals. The best opportunity fell to a defender Stones who headed onto Marshall’s crossbar in the 11th minute and a goal mouth rugby like scrum at the end of the match which ended with the ball cleared away by the Scots.
For the Scots, Che Adams linked the midfield with striker Dukes really well. McTominay shielded their defence well with center back Hanley making amends for a nightmare game against the Czechs. However like England they lack that creative player and no surprise they failed to score (Scotland has the least goals in international football of any team amongst the 24 at the tournament).Dykes had the best chances, one in which Reece James cleared a half volley shot on the line.Going with two defensive minded midfielders in Gilmour and McTominay showed the intent to get contain and get the point..
What next for England. A win for the them over the Czechs will send them through to the round of 16,a defeat opens the door for Croatia. Scotland need a win over the Croats to finish either second or one of the best third placed teams.