Scotland v England: European Championship game with entrenched rivalry

Scotland v England: European Championship game with entrenched rivalry

II couldn’t believe it, because the England national football team is often not represented in major tournaments. But Sunday’s 1-0 win against Croatia was the first time England have won their first game at the European Championships – after five draws and four losses.

But now the spell has been broken, and it should certainly be good for the confidence of the team. Not that he has to rely on it: The team and fans are more confident than ever that going into the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, there could be more to it this year. Raheem Sterling, the goalscorer against Croatia, said the team was better than it was three years ago, “one hundred percent, in all areas”. This Friday (at 9 p.m. on ZDF and MagentaTV in the FAZ live ticker for the European Football Championship) England will take on their old rivals Scotland in the second group game at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Sovereign’s performance against Croatia was indeed the team’s debut, after so much discussion that central midfielder Jordan Henderson and defender Harry Maguire would not be fully operational until later in the tournament due to injuries.

Coach Gareth Southgate also opted for a starting line-up that was not immediately obvious to everyone: Sterling had played a mixed season for his standards at Manchester City and the still more popular Jack Grealish was preferred; Right full-back Kieran Trippier surprisingly played left in the last four due to his leadership quality according to Southgate. The plan worked.


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