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Saturday, 10 June 2017
World Cup 2018 UEFA Group F qualification match

Scotland 2 England 2 [0-0]

The National Stadium, Hampden Park, Mount Annan Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow
Kick-off (BST): 5.03pm

Attendance: 48,520

94 minutes 45:03 & 49:32 England kicked-off Match Summary
Scotland Squad
England Squad

[1-1] Leigh Griffiths 87 86:05

 27-yard free-kick to Hart's left
[2-1] Leigh Griffiths 90 89:03
 identical 27-yard free-kick to Hart's right
[0-1] Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 70 69:57
15-yard strike after a short run in the box

[2-2] Harry Kane
90+3 92:28
6-yard side footed volley from a Sterling diagonal cross
Scott Brown 3 2:31
Jake Livermore
44 43:43
Eric Dier
60 59:15

Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle & Kevin Gallacher
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (sky blue) - Paolo Tagliavento
44 (19 September 1972), Terni, FIFA-listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Matteo Passeri and Alessandro Costanzo

Fourth official - Paolo Valeri, 39 (16 May 1978), Roma, FIFA-listed 2011.

a minute's silence was observed and black armbands were worn in respect of those who died in recent terror attacks in London and Manchester in the past month.

8 Goal Attempts 16
3 Attempts on Target 9
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
4 Corner Kicks Won 7
  Offside Calls Against  
7 Fouls Conceded 9
39% Possession 61%

Scotland Team



FIFA (1 June 2017) 61st
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 49th to 44th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy blue tartan-shadowed v-necked jerseys with white sleeves and collar, navy Adidas sleeve trim, navy blue socks with white tops.
Capt: Scott Brown Manager: Gordon David Strachan OBE, 60 (9 February 1957), appointed manager 15 January 2013
36th match, W 16 - D 8 - L 12 - F 50 - A 42.
Scotland Lineup
1 Gordon, Craig A. 34 31 December 1982 G The Celtic FC 47 0
2 Tierney, Kieran 20 5 June 1997
born in the Isle of Man
RB The Celtic FC 4 0
3 Robertson, Andrew 23 11 March 1994 LM Hull City AFC, England 15 1
4 Berra, Christophe D. 32 31 January 1985 CD Heart of Midlothian FC 36 3
5 Mulgrew, Charles P. 31 6 March 1986 LB Blackburn Rovers FC, England 27 2
6 Morrison, James C., injured off 46th min. 31 25 May 1986
born in Darlington
RM West Bromwich Albion FC, England 44 3
7 Armstrong, Stuart 25 30 March 1992 CM The Celtic FC 2 0
8 Brown, Scott 31 25 June 1985 CM The Celtic FC 53 4
Brown cautioned in the third minute for Unsporting Behaviour, following a late foul from behind on Alli on the halfway line.
9 Griffiths, Leigh 26 20 August 1990 CF The Celtic FC 13 2
10 Snodgrass, Robert, off 67th min. 29 7 September 1987 LM West Ham United FC, England 24 6
11 Anya, Ikechi, off 81st min. 29 3 January 1988 RM Derby County FC, England 27 3
Scotland Substitutes
13 McArthur, James M., on 46th min. for Morrison 29 7 October 1987 M Crystal Palace FC, England 28 3
20 Fraser, Ryan, on 67th min. (66:05) for Snodgrass 23 24 February 1994 M AFC Bournemouth, England 1 0
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 1
19 Martin, Christopher H., on 81st min. (80:59) for Anya 28 4 November 1988
born in Beccles
F Derby County FC, England 13 3
result: Scotland 2 England 2

unused substitutes:

12-David Marshall, 14-Steven Naismith, 15-Barry Bannan, 16-Darren Fletcher, 17-James Forrest, 18-Russell Martin, 21-Jack Hamilton, 22-Tom Cairney, 23-Mark Reynolds,


Leigh Griffiths becomes only the second player, after Swiss' Barnetto in 2011, to score from two free-kicks in a single match. The 31st and 32nd free-kicks conceded overall. The eleventh and twelfth in competitetive play (non-BC). The fifth time two free-kicks have been scored in a season.
Manager Gordon Strachan played four times against England, in 1980 and 1983-85.
5-4-1 Gordon -
(Martin), Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson -
(McArthur), Brown, Armstrong, Snodgrass (Fraser) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 Appearances/Goals 26.5 2.0

England Team



FIFA (1 June 2017) =13th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 11th
Colours: The Nike 2016 away uniform - Red v-necked jerseys with crimson sleeves with royal blue collared trim/side stripe, red shorts with royal blue side trim, red socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(first captaincy, 1)
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 46 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
seventh match, W 3 - D 3 - L 1 - F 11 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 30 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC final app
71 47 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 27 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 26 5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 13 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 23 15 January 1994 DRM Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 2
Dier cautioned in the 60th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a foul on James McArthur outside the England penalty area. SUSPENDED
5 Cahill, Gary J. 31 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 54 4
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 26 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC final app
31 1
7 Rashford, Marcus, off 65th min. 19 31 October 1997 RM Manchester United FC 9 1
8 Livermore, Jake C.L., off 90+2nd min. 27 14 November 1989 DLM West Bromwich Albion FC 3 0
Livermore cautioned in the 44th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after a foul on the halfway line on Snodgrass.
9 Kane, Harry E. 23 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 6
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 84th min. 21 11 April 1996 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 2
11 Lallana, Adam D. 29 10 May 1988 LM Liverpool FC 32 3
England Substitutes
20 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 65th min. (64:47) for Rashford 23 15 August 1993 CM Arsenal FC 26 6
scoreline: Scotland 0 England 1
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 84th min (83:13) for Alli 22 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RAM Manchester City FC 31 2
scoreline: Scotland 2 England 1
18 Defoe, Jermain C., on 90+2nd min. (91:41) for Livermore 34 7 October 1982 CF Sunderland AFC final app
57 20
result: Scotland 2 England 2

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Fraser Forster, 14-Jesse Lingard, 15-Ben Gibson, 16-John Stones, 17-Phil Jones, 21-Aaron Cresswell, 22-Tom Heaton, 23-Jack Butland.


Jermain Defoe comes on for a record 35th substitute appearance.
England have now gone 35 qualifying games unbeaten.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Scotland during Euro '96. In the two-legged play-off matches for a place in the 2000 European Championship Finals, Southgate was an unused substitute in the first match and started and finished the second match.
4-5(2-3)-1 Hart -
Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand -
Dier, Livermore
(Defoe) -
(Oxlade-Chamberlain), Alli (Sterling), Lallana -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 26.6 1.6


    Match Report by Mike Payne

The day that all Scots had been waiting for finally arrived and the two teams were greeted by a pulsating atmosphere for this World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.  As it turned out, an explosive finish to the match would be what everyone would remember from an otherwise drab game.

Scotland set out their stall early on with ten players behind the ball, leaving Leigh Griffiths to plough a lone furrow on his own up front.  Meanwhile, England kept possession and tried to probe for the openings that would unlock the defence.  It did make for a poor spectacle at times with the ball being passed from side to side and hardly anything going forward or indeed going in to the Scottish penalty area.  The first incident of note was a booking for the Scotland skipper Scott Brown, for a reckless challenge on Deli Alli, a note of intent perhaps, to stop the in-form Spurs player.

Scotland did win a few corners in the opening quarter but nothing came from them apart from a shot from Griffiths which Joe Hart easily saved.  That was to be Scotland's only first-half effort on target, and it was England who created the game's first real chance in the 18th minute.  Alli's chipped pass was brilliantly brought down by Harry Kane, but his left-foot shot flew over as the Scottish defenders dived in.  Six minutes later and Adam Lallana made a good run down the left and managed to flick the ball across goal.  It just needed a firm touch but Kane couldn't get enough on the ball to oblige.

On 29 minutes another chance arrived for England.  A long ball forward saw the Scotland keeper, Craig Gordon, dash out of his area to head clear.  Unfortunately the ball went straight to Kane who promptly lobbed the ball towards goal.  Luckily for the keeper Charlie Mulgrew got back to head the ball off the line, but still the danger wasn't over.  The ball was not cleared properly and fell to Marcus Rashford, but his low shot was deflected just wide, much to the relief of Gordon.

England were well on top at this stage but the ball was not going into the Scottish penalty area quick enough, and when it did the defenders were back in numbers.  Gordon was already looking decidedly shaky which should have given England even more impetus to pepper the goal.  On 43 minutes good English possession ended with Jake Livermore being teed up for a firm shot which seemed an easy catch for Gordon.  But not for the first, or last time, the goalkeeper elected to fist the ball away.  He was very lucky that the ball deflected over the bar because he had little control over where the ball was going as he thrust his fists at it.  Livermore was booked for a silly foul before the break but the Scots were delighted that they had reached the break with the scores level.  Throughout the half, Rashford had been taking the corners and not once did England put Gordon under pressure from them.  What is it with England and corners lately?  Wayne Rooney wasn't the answer, Kane wasn't and nor was Rashford.  Surely there is someone who can take a decent corner?

The second half began in much the same fashion, with England forcing the issue and Scotland content to hold on to what they had.  Credit to Griffiths whose non-stop running and effort was continually keeping the England defenders on their toes.  In the 50th minute Livermore fired in a shot that deflected on to the left-hand post, and in the scramble that followed no England player could find a decisive shot with Gary Cahill's last effort being deflected for a corner.  Seven minutes later Scotland had a rare attack and Andy Robertson should have done better with a shot that flew over.  Griffiths went down in the box, as he had done after every slight touch, but the referee was not being duped.  On 65 minutes, after much repetition across the midfield, England made their first change, bringing on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the fading Rashford.  Almost immediately England created another chance.  This time Ryan Bertrand's cross found Kane and his header forced Gordon to once again pat the ball up into the air.  Ali followed up but this time Gordon caught the low cross.

Finally, in the 70th minute, England scored a deserved goal.  A throw-in on the right found Oxlade-Chamberlain and he nutmegged Brown before bursting into the area.  He side-stepped other defenders before firing in a left-foot shot.  Again it seemed an easy catch for the goalkeeper but again he tried to pat it away.  This time though his luck ran out as the shot was too strong and the ball flew into the net much to the delight of the England players.

Brown was very lucky not to be penalised again for another reckless challenge on Alli as England looked to increase their control, and after Dier headed over England should have put the game out of reach seconds later.  Oxlade-Chamberlain broke down the right and put over a pinpoint cross which saw Lallana running in to meet it.  Alas, the header was awful and the ball flew over.  It was a golden chance and one that should have wrapped up the game.

With five minutes left the fun started!  Cahill was somewhat harshly penalised just outside the penalty area and Griffiths lined up the free-kick.  The wall lined up but immediately it was obvious that Hart was offering too much of the goal to his left.  Griffiths said 'thank you very much' and promptly put the ball into acres of space left by the goalkeeper.  Defensively it was a poor goal, but credit to Griffiths who scored his first goal for his country in some style.  If that made the crowd deliriously happy, Livermore then gave away another free-kick in almost the same position and this time Griffiths scored in the other side of the goal!  Again it seemed that Hart had gone home.  Really poor goalkeeping in my opinion, although well executed by Griffiths again.

So, here we were, from a position of total control to a position of losing to the Scots in Scotland for the first time since goodness knows when.  Surely not?  Well, no actually, as it wasn't quite all over.  In the third minute of added time England won a free-kick of their own on the edge of Scotland's box.  Dier's shot was on target and Gordon once again elected to push the ball away instead of catching it.  Kyle Walker won the ball back, passed to Raheem Sterling on the left and for virtually the first time in the match a lovely cross came in and there was Kane, not to be denied in his first game as captain, to volley home brilliantly past the bemused Gordon.  Several of the Scotland players sank to their knees, as did many in the crowd if truth be told.

Phew, what a finish!  But really, England should never have found themselves in that position and should have wrapped up the game long before that late Scottish surge.  You could argue that all four goals could be put down to goalkeeping errors, and that is something that both managers will want to look at.  Meanwhile England still top the group and Scotland will have to find the same energy and passion in their next game as they did against the auld enemy.  I doubt whether that will happen though as beating England is the only thing they really want.  Once again though they didn't manage it.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor