England hosted Scotland at Wembley for their World Cup Qualifier. It was always going to be a heated affair with tackles flying in all over the park. Both managers had their jobs on the line, for Gordon Strachan, a potential sacking and for Gareth Southgate, the job becoming permanent.
Scotland settled in the quicker with England making a handful of mistakes and with the crowd getting on the home teams’ back, it was clearly evident that Scotland’s high pressing game plan was working. However, the breakthrough then came England’s way as Raheem Sterling’s shot was blocked and the ball spinning out to Kyle Walker who crossed to Daniel Sturridge to superbly guide his header into the far corner.
Into the second half and Scotland continued to miss glorious chances to equalise. They were then paid for their misses as England went straight up the other end and this time it was Danny Rose who crossed to perfection and Adam Lallana headed the ball home. England had doubled their lead but we’re certainly not playing their best.
Ten minutes later and England had settled the tie with a third goal. Wayne Rooney’s corner was headed in by Gary Cahill. The main thing for Scotland was that all three of England’s goals came from headers. As a manager, you expect your defenders to be attacking the ball and winning every header and dealing with every cross. Unfortunately this was not the case for the Scots who slip further down the table for World Cup Qualification.