England falls short in draw with Scotland
England has drawn its next game after their first win with a clean sheet against Scotland. The team only scored one goal for the whole Euro tourney so far and it seems there is a big issue with the side’s offensive end. This draw with the Scots just proves that point once more.
Both sides played out a game with no goals at Wembley, but this still puts the two teams alive in the contest. This match was a tough one for any of them, but England took a huge blow to one of their lowly rivals in the tourney.
This was the first game for the two teams in a huge contest since the 1996 tourney. There was a big crowd in the game as well, and they gave a great boost for the hot finish. A total of 22,500 fans were present at the time.
Most of the praise can be given to Scotland as they bounced back from their loss to open up the contest. They showed a lot of grit in this win and deserve this point at the very least. It was the Tartan Army who was pleased to come up with a big finish this time.
England’s poor attack
England had a chance to take the lead when John Stones headed Mason Mount’s corner, but they failed to come up with a goal thanks to poor shots for the rest of the game. The team had nine shots to go but only had one on target.
They held the ball for most of the game at 61%, but the squad could not use that chance to push the game in their favour. They also had 559 passes and 89% accuracy to top off their game.
Jordan Pickford’s huge save was able to keep them alive for most of the game. The defence was also enough to make sure the Scots won’t make a goal while they tried to fight their way into the game as well.
No side had a goal into the break as England blocked out a big shot from Scotland’s Stephen O’Donnell. They were still gritty on that end and it allowed them to take a deep breath with the game now into the next half.
How the Three Lions can bounce back
Boss Gareth Southgate knows there is still a lot of work to be done for the team to improve their scoring. England is still on track to earn a shot at the next stage of the contest, so this draw is not much of a tough end for the team as well.
‘Fans are desperate for you to go up top and leave all shape because it is Scotland, it feels like a huge chance’, Southgate said. ‘But we have to still take it in the point that it is an big step to the next round, and that is the first job for us’.
England still looked for an opener but Scotland was as dangerous. The likes of Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, and even Marcus Rashford did all they could to step up for the team but still failed to clap back in a 0-0 affair.
The Three Lions need to bounce back from this game as they have a shot at the top spot in the group. They have to do all they can to make it to the next round. This is now the right time for them to show what they are made of.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores