The battle of Britain is upon us as the eldest rivalry in international football resumes in the second game of Group D as England welcome Scotland to Wembley stadium, with high stakes, international pride and progression to the last 16 on the line.
The newest chapter in this age old rivalry will be huge for both sides. For England, victory will secure a spot in the last 16. Whereas, victory for Scotland is crucial if they want to progress – following a 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in their first game at a major tournament in 23 years.
So, ahead of the clash, here is the Archball preview for England vs Scotland.
When? Where? What time?
When: Friday, 18th June.
Where: Wembley Stadium.
What time: 8pm Kick-off. (Live on ITV)
For England, second-choice shot-stopper, Dean Henderson, has withdrawn from the squad due to an ongoing hip issue. Aaron Ramsdale, who was in Gareth Southgate’s original 33-man squad, has been recalled to replace him.
Harry Maguire has declared himself fit from the ankle injury that curtailed the end of his season and ruled him out of the first game against Croatia. However, following England’s opening-game clean sheet, Southgate may be reluctant to change the defence.
For Scotland, left-back Kieran Tierney, has a chance of featuring following his return to light-training following injury, with manager Steve Clark optimistic that the Arsenal defender could feature.
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Group D implications
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this game is huge for both sides.
Starting with Scotland, a disappointing 2-0 loss to start the group was far from ideal, leaving their Euro 2020 hopes in the balance.
Scotland will go into this game knowing that they need to try and take at least a point from this game if they are to get out of this group in one of the top two positions.
Any less than a point against England will leave Scotland needing a win from their final group fixture against Croatia if they’re to stand any chance of progressing from the group, most likely as one of the best third placed sides.
For England, qualification could be secured on Friday.
Following victory against Croatia, a win against Scotland would place them on six points – enough to secure their passage through to to the last 16, as the race for first place will go down to the final fixture.
Despite the gap in quality, England vs Scotland is a very hard game to predict.
There remains a debate as to what Gareth Southgate will do with his team selection. He got it completely right against Croatia with the shock inclusions of players such as Kalvin Philips, Tyrone Mings and Kieran Trippier.
So the question now is does he change his team? and if so, how does he change it?
That won’t be revealed until kick-off, but what can be assured ahead of kick-off is fireworks.
With crucial points on the line, international pride at stake, and an age-old rivalry – a great game, full of passion and excitement is to be expected.
England should have too much for Scotland, Scotland will fight hard but at the end of the day, England have vastly more quality than Scotland, and barring a shock result, this will be shown.
Prediction: England 3-0 Scotland
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