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Scotland 1-3 England (September 12, 2023) Match Analysis

Scotland 1-3 England (September 12, 2023) Match Analysis

England brought Scotland back down to earth with a comfortable 3-1 victory in a friendly at Hampden Park with Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane on target on Tuesday.

After five successive victories in qualifying for Euro 2024, a euphoric atmosphere reigned within the Tartan Army who sensed the opportunity to achieve a first home victory against England since 1985.

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But once Foden recovered Kyle Walker’s loose shot in the 32nd minute, and then Real Madrid’s Bellingham punished an Andy Robertson error three minutes later, the party went flat.

A 67th-minute own goal from substitute Harry Maguire raised the decibel level further and Steve Clarke’s side briefly made life uncomfortable for England before captain Kane ended England’s hopes. ‘Scotland with a typically clinical finish.

To make matters worse, Norway beat Georgia in the Group A qualifier while a draw would have sealed Scotland’s place at next year’s tournament, although they remain in a strong position.

England, who drew 1-1 with Ukraine at the weekend, also top Euro 2024 qualifying Group C.

Jude Bellingham continued his fine goalscoring form in England's win over Scotland.
Jude Bellingham continued his fine goalscoring form in England’s win over Scotland.

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The 116th edition of international football’s oldest match has been dubbed the Heritage Match to mark the 150th anniversary of the first meeting between the old rivals.

It was not a happy evening for the Scots as England claimed a 49th victory which could have been much more emphatic had they taken their chances.

England manager Gareth Southgate made six changes to the side that drew with Ukraine, handing defender Lewis Dunk his first cap since 2018 and handing Foden a start.

The depth of the England team was evident, however, as they controlled the competition to give Scotland a reality check.

“We didn’t really get going in the first half and England dominated the ball,” Scotland manager Steve Clarke told Channel 4.

“England showed their high level and we are trying to reach that level. Some people maybe got a little carried away and we have to understand where we are, try to develop.”

Bellingham was magnificent as they continued their dream start to the season and created an early chance for Walker who fired narrowly wide of the far post.

Bellingham was again involved in England’s opener, sending a pass to Marcus Rashford who sent Walker for a shot that went wide but was diverted by the alert Foden.

Scotland self-destructed soon after when they failed to clear their lines and Robertson sent the ball straight to Bellingham who fired a shot past Angus Gunn.

Maguire earned a pullback in the second half, but the Manchester United player inadvertently gave Scotland a lifeline by clumsily pushing in Robertson’s low cross.

John McGinn glanced his head just over as Scotland suddenly looked dangerous, but it was only a brief storm and silky Bellingham were denied a superb solo goal by Gunn.

Bellingham then completed a superb display with a slide rule pass to Kane who finished with his trademark precision.

“I wasn’t happy with the way I played against Ukraine, it wasn’t my best at all and the motivation is always to get back to my best. I was close tonight,” Bellingham said.


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