Maybe Harry Kane was as much the problem as the solution.
On his good days, Kane is one of the game’s ultimate goal threats for Tottenham and England. But the lazy striker never failed to score in Friday’s 0-0 draw at the European Championship.
The England captain barely touched the ball, yet coach Gareth Southgate has persisted with him for a grueling 74 minutes at Wembley Stadium in his 60th game this season for both club and country.
He looked as exhausted as England seemed devoid of ideas against the stubborn and well-organized Scots, who lost their Group D opener to the Czech Republic but still have a chance to advance to the round of 16 final.
At 27, Kane was the oldest outfield player for an England team with an average age of 25 years and 31 days – the youngest the nation has ever fielded in a major tournament.
Both teams had the opportunity to score in the rain at Wembley.
England defender John Stones hit the post with a header in the 11th minute, and Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes saw a shot cleared from the line by Reece James in the 63rd.
For England, qualifying for the round of 16 is not seriously compromised, with the top two teams from each of the six groups guaranteed progress, along with the top four teams in third place.
England have four points, as do the Czech Republic. The Czechs will be the next visitors to Wembley on Tuesday, while Scotland face Croatia.