The whole of England had imagined it differently: instead of an exclamation mark against neighboring Scotland, Gareth Southgate’s team did not go 0–0 in the second EM game – and meanwhile had to fear utter embarrassment. Captain Harry Kane tried later to get something positive out of the game: “It wasn’t our best performance, but the point brings us one step closer to the last 16,” he said on the British broadcaster ITV.
However, the island experts were very tough with the “Three Lions”: “I was ashamed of us today,” said former England striker Ian Wright. His former national teammate Chris Waddle was also disappointed with the performance: “England were caught in first gear today,” he added. BBC. And Scotland legend Graeme Souness also took a step forward for the course ahead of the tournament: “Football ain’t coming home with that team”, he said, referring to the famous song from England fans. New steam this year with the final at Wembley.
Big football, on the other hand, was a rare success to celebrate against neighbors, even if the big win was not in the end. Particular praise came only for the 20-year-old midfielder, Billy Gilmour, who faced pressure in his debut for the Scottish national team and delivered a top-notch performance that qualified him for “Man of the Match”. As a result, captain Andrew Robertson said: “He can make as many appearances for Scotland as he wants. He has a bright future ahead of him, but it’s here and still great.” Dutch defender Patrick van Anholt compared the youngster from Champions League winners Chelsea FC to a world champion on Twitter: “He was basically N’Golo Kante.”
Robertson, however, was angry that his team had not yet given the English a winning goal: “I don’t think anyone can deny that we had very good chances,” he said. “Another evening we’ll go out with more. But let’s take the point, it keeps us alive. It’s important to take this spirit and the joy of the fans with you on Tuesday and try to get a positive result.” Coach Steve Clark also praised: “We had chances to win, England had chances too. So you wouldn’t have seen who was the favourite, which is a compliment to us.”
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