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England vs Scotland: Euros preview and predictions

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ngland and Scotland meet tonight at Wembley in a repeat of their famous Euro ‘96 fixture 25 years ago, with both sides looking for a key win.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions kicked off Group D with a 1-0 win over Croatia thanks to a Raheem Sterling goal, leaving them as favourites to finish top of the table.

As for Scotland, Steve Clarke’s men are up against it after losing their opening game 2-0 to the Czech Republic, with one of Patrick Schick’s two goals coming from inside his own half.

That defeat means Scotland realistically need a result against the Auld Enemey to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, but England are odds-on for three points here.

Date, kick-off time and venue

England vs Scotland is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Friday, June 18, 2021.

The match will be held at Wembley Stadium.

Where to watch England vs Scotland

TV channel: The match will be televised on ITV/STV for free.

Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub and STV Player.

England vs Scotland team news

Dean Henderson has had to withdraw from the England squad with a hip injury, meaning Aaron Ramsdale has been called up.

Harry Maguire is fit to start following his return to training, though Gareth Southgate may be tempted to wait until the third group game against Czech Republic if he can spare the Manchester United captain – especially after England’s clean sheet against Croatia.

Kieran Tierney has been confirmed as fit and will start for Scotland.

England vs Scotland predicted lineups

England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier; Rice, Phillips; Grealish, Mount, Sterling; Kane

Scotland XI: Marshall; Hanley, Cooper, Tierney; O’Donnell, Armstrong, McGinn, McTominay, Robertson; Adams, Christie

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale*

Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

* Replaces Dean Henderson, who withdrew due to injury

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon, David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin

Defenders: Nathan Patterson, Stephen O’Donnell, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Greg Taylor, Liam Cooper, Grant Hanley, Declan Gallagher, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry

Midfielders: Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor, Scott McTominay, Stuart Armstrong, John McGinn, John Fleck, David Turnbull

Forwards: Che Adams, James Forrest, Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser, Lyndon Dykes, Kevin Nisbet

England vs Scotland prediction

This game is set to be played at high intensity so predictions may go out the window in the opening 45 minutes, but you would expect England’s extra quality – particularly up front – to make the difference at Wembley.

Scotland were not necessarily outclassed in their opening game, but will have to tighten up at the back and find that clinical edge to stand a chance at Wembley.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

The last time the two nations met at a major competition, England beat Scotland 2-0 at Wembley at Euro ‘96, with Alan Shearer scoring before Paul Gascoigne’s famous goal and celebration.

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Betting odds and tips

Harry Kane first goalscorer: 12/5

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