England versus Scotland is not just a battle of neighbours. This is the 113th time these teams play against each other. 107 out of the 112 previous matches were “friendly” matches. Despite the nature of these matches, friendly was never a qualification for a match between these neighbours. Watching matches between England and Scotland was more like the movie Braveheart than watching a friendly football match. This match in the World Cup 2018 qualification was very important for the standing in group F.
England versus Scotland Line-ups
Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge
Craig Gordon, Ikechi Anya, Grant Hanley, Christophe Berra, Ryan Wallace, Darren Fletcher, James Morrison, Scott Brown, Robert Snodgrass, James Forrest, Leigh Griffiths
The beginning of this match is really shocking for me. I expected two teams with some fighting spirit at the kick-off. Nevertheless I saw only one time who really wanted to play this match with a lot of passion in the first 15 minutes of this match: Scotland. England started nervous on this match. After the first 15 minutes the Three Lions looked to feel more comfortable in this match and it was Daniel Sturridge who scored England’s first goal in the 23rd minute. England was sloppy for the remainder of the first half but Scotland forgot to punish England.
The started of the second half was pretty similar to the first half. Scotland was sharper and more aggressive, but a perfect counter attack led to England’s second goal. Adam Lallana delivered a perfect header to double the score. This goal released the English team from some pressure and was the start of some good English football. A period of 10 minutes with English domination ended in a third goal. This time it was Cahill who scored with a perfect header. this was also the last goal of the match, so England versus Scotland ended in 3-0.