Coverage of England and Scotland begins Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. ET / 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN 1/3 and streams on TSN.ca, the TSN app and TSN Direct.
While England and Scotland have met on the pitch 113 times before, Friday’s game is only the second time the two sides have faced each other in an international tournament before. The only previous match was at Euro 1996 in the group stage, which coincidentally was also played at Wembley Stadium. On that date, Alan Shearer and Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne found the back of the net and David Seaman saved a Gary McAllister penalty when the Three Lions were 2-0 winners.
There are no secrets between these two teams with 14 of the 26 Scottish squad playing their club’s football in England, meaning the club’s teammates will be international enemies on Friday. Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay has said it will be strange to face Red Devils teammate Marcus Rashford.
“Play against him [Friday] will be exciting, ”McTominay said. ” I look forward. It will obviously be a strange moment, having played together for so many years from the age of eight through Manchester United academy, and playing against each other tomorrow will be fun. “
Scotland manager Steve Clarke said his side are well aware of the importance of this game.
“It’s a game with a lot of historical significance,” Clarke said. “It’s a game that all the players want to play. What we need to do is make sure that we are preparing for it properly. It will be easy to get the players. ready for the game. We know we need an outcome and that’s what we aim to do. “
One of the most important tasks of the Tartan army will be trying to keep up with the frenetic pace of England.
“We’re going to try to start as fast as England,” said Clarke. “We will try to get on our feet as soon as possible; try to grab the ball. The players will try to feel comfortable on the pitch and if we can get started quickly it will be good for us. “
In staff news, Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney (knee) could be available for selection for Scotland, giving a huge boost to the baseline.
“He’s someone we rely on a lot,” McTominay said of Tierney. “We need him. He’s a great personality and a great character within the group. The boys respect him a lot. You can see him in training and the way he’s been playing for Arsenal this year. I’m sure everyone is happy to see him again. “
England captain Harry Kane praised the Scottish camaraderie ahead of the match.
“It will be a tough game,” said the Tottenham Hotspur talisman. “I think their teamwork is their greatest strength. They are very united. I thought they had no luck against the Czech Republic the other day. They played pretty well It didn’t quite go their way, so we’re ready for a tough game against a very good team with great experience as well. “
With the return of Harry Maguire on the horizon, returning from an ankle injury that prematurely ended Manchester United captain’s season in May, Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings, who started in central defense in the victory against Croatia, hosts competition from Maguire.
“He’s someone I admire and someone who is so consistent with a lot of pressure on his shoulders as a Man United captain and as one of England’s main players,” said Mings said. “She’s a person I really appreciate. inspiration to be mentioned in the same breath as him is a compliment in itself. “
England’s victory on Friday will secure a move to the round of 16 for the third consecutive Euro.
ENGLAND XI POTENTIAL: Pickford ; Walker, Stones, Mings, Shaw ; Phillips, Rice, Mount ; Foden, Kane, Sterling
SCOTLAND XI POTENTIAL: Maréchal ; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney ; Forrest, McGinn, McTominay, Armstrong, Robertson; Les digues, Adams