Sports Desk, Jun 18 (EFE).- Scotland neutralized Harry Kane and the rest of the talent-laden England side Friday in a 0-0 draw at London’s Wembley Stadium that leaves the visitors with a glimmer of a chance to qualify for the Euro 2020 knockout stage.
The 2,700 Tartan Army stalwarts who were among the 22,500 spectators in the stands for the 115th edition of the oldest fixture in international soccer celebrated the draw as a moral victory, while some Three Lions supporters jeered their players as they left the pitch.
England had 60 percent possession, yet could manage only one shot on target, the same as their opponents.
The hosts’ best chance came in the 11th minute, when Mason Mount’s corner found John Stones unmarked for the free header, but the ball bounced off the cross-bar.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was tested at the half-hour mark by Stephen O’Donnell. In the 62nd minute, Reece James had to make a goal-line stop against Scotland’s Lyndon Dykes.
With less than 30 minutes left, England coach Gareth Southgate pulled Phil Foden in favor of Jack Grealish and he later swapped out Kane for Marcus Rashford. Even so, the best opportunity of the final stretch fell to Scotland’s Che Adams, who fired just wide in the 78th minute.
England are level on points with the Czech Republic at 4, but the Central Europeans lead Group D thanks to better goal difference. Croatia are likewise ahead of Scotland on goals.
The Three Lions will host the Czechs next Tuesday in the final game of the group stage. Croatia will face Scotland in Glasgow.