Euro 2020: England vs Scotland - Preview, TV Channel, Live Stream & More

Craig Hanson 1 month ago

The oldest rivalry in football returns to the big stage as England and Scotland meet in a major tournament for the first time since Euro 96

England search for a second consecutive Euro 2020 group stage victory, and Scotland know anything less than a point will all but end their hopes of qualifying for the next round. The Three Lions were impressive in their 1-0 win over Croatia and will go into this game as the firm favourites. However, this fixture will have that unpredictable air which only a derby can bring. Scotland will need to improve, despite showing good flashes in their defeat to Czech Republic, if they are to get anything out of this one. Many England fans are jokingly, or perhaps half-jokingly, suggesting the team take it easy and try to avoid winning the group because Southgate's men find themselves in the most unusual of scenarios. Were they to win Group D, England be "rewarded" with a nightmare game against the second place team in Group F, likely to be France, Portugal or Germany. If they finish runners up in their group, they will face the runners up from Group E, probably Sweden or Poland. Needless to say this predicament has given many an England fan a sleepless night or two since the draw back in 2019. Assuming that the 22 professionals on the pitch put those permutations to one side and try to win the game for their country, it looks like tough going for the Scots.

Preview: England vs Scotland

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of England's first group game against Croatia, vindicating his selection by manager Gareth Southgate who was under fire on Twitter before a ball was even kicked. However, the day belonged to the provider of that goal, Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United, who was on point from start to finish. The youngster put in a mature, well rounded performance which helped lead England to victory. Southgate has a real dilemma on his hands with Jordan Henderson surely ready to return to the side. Phillips and Rice did a fabulous job and to replace either of them at this stage could cause unnecessary disruption to their flow. The Croats are not the same side which eliminated England at World Cup 2018 but they were still the biggest test in this group on paper and England came through comfortably. They will now look to put in a more dominant performance against Scotland and start building towards their almost inevitable showdown with Germany or Portugal in the next round.

Scotland were without key player Kieran Tierney in their defeat to Czech Republic. The Arsenal man is expected to return to the back three for this match and Scottish fans will hope this change can have a big impact on the way they play. He and Robertson have formed an unorthodox but formidable partnership down the left hand side with Tierney playing at centre back but joining in the overloads, linking up wonderfully with Liverpool left back Robertson. If the Scots can get those two clicking again, with the rest of the talent they have at their disposal they can easily cause England problems. When you take into account the big atmosphere in the ground and the history of the rivalry, a much lesser Scotland side could worry Southgate's men so with the likes of Robertson, Tierney, McTominay, McGinn and other established top level players in the side, it would be foolish to count them out.

Team News: England vs Scotland

Dean Henderson withdrew from the England squad earlier in the week due to a hip issue and has since been replaced by Aaron Ramsdale. This is unlikely to have any effect on the tournament itself as Jordan Pickford is almost certain to play every minute in goal for England, barring catastrophe. Harry Maguire has declared himself fit to participate in the Scotland game but whether Gareth Southgate will want to risk him in such a charged encounter after a lengthy absence is another thing entirely. Tyrone Mings performed well against Croatia, thanks in part to the protection offered by Kieran Trippier at left back and the two of them are expected to continue together in an unchanged back four. Jack Grealish missed training due to a matter as yet unspecified and probably won't make the starting lineup. Southgate could name the same team which did so well against Croatia but Reese James could force his way into the team at right back replacing Kyle Walker.

Possible England Lineup: Pickford, James, Stones, Mings, Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Foden, Mount, Sterling, Kane

With Kieran Tierney officially declared fit, it would be a huge shock to see him absent from Scotland's starting lineup. After losing their first game against the Czechs, there is really no time to waste. Whether he is 100% or not, manager Steve Clarke must include him here. Che Adams did well after coming on at half time in the first game and may have earned himself a starting berth here. His experience playing against and scoring against England's defenders could be a huge factor. The rest of the team should be unchanged but for Leeds United's Liam Cooper making way for Tierney. 

Possible Scotland Lineup: Marshall, O'Donnell, Hendry, Hanley, Tierney, Robertson, McGinn, McTominay, Armstrong, Dykes, Adams

How to watch England vs Scotland on TV & Live Stream

England vs Scotland (Euro 2020, Group D)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Date: Friday 18 June, 2021
Time: Coverage 19.00 | Kick Off 20.00
TV Channel: ITV1 | ITV Hub

You can watch live coverage of this game for free on ITV1. A panel of top pundits will bring you pre-match analysis starting at 19.00 GMT, before the game kicks off at 20.00. You can also watch online via live streaming through the ITV Hub. Only UK residents with a TV license can legally watch this coverage.

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