England into last 16 – what do Scotland need?

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    Steve Clarke's Scotland need to win while England and Gareth Southgate are through to the last 16Steve Clarke's Scotland need to win while England and Gareth Southgate are through to the last 16

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    England have secured a spot in the last 16 of Euro 2020, while fellow Group D side Scotland are hoping to reach the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time.

    Finland's defeat by Belgium in Group B means England are guaranteed to qualify whatever the outcome of their match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday at 20:00 BST – at worst as one of the four best third-placed sides.

    Scotland head into their final Group D match with their Euro 2020 fate in their own hands.

    Nothing but a win will do for Scotland, however, as they welcome Croatia to Hampden Park at the same time.

    Here is how Group D stands – and who might be next for those who go through.

    How things stand and who needs what?

    Group DThe Czech Republic lead Group D from England on goal difference, with both sides three points ahead of Scotland and Croatia

    Scotland's 0-0 draw at Wembley came after a 2-0 defeat by the Czech Republic, with England having begun their campaign with a 1-0 win over Croatia.

    England and the Czech Republic are into the last 16, with their four points now enough to qualify as one of the four best third-placed finishers.

    But the Czech Republic, who drew 1-1 with Croatia, top the group on goal difference and will hold on to that spot if they avoid defeat against Gareth Southgate's side.

    Scotland need to win – and if they do, will finish either second or third, depending on the outcome of the other game.

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    Steve Clarke's side cannot overtake the Czech Republic whatever happens. They best they can do is finish level on points, but the Czechs would still be ahead of Scotland thanks to a better head-to-head record.

    And Scotland will not be able to overtake England either if Southgate's side avoid defeat against the Czechs.

    But should the Czech Republic win, then Scotland will leapfrog the Three Lions into second if they can better their goal difference.

    Both sides will have home advantage in their final games, with England at Wembley in front of 22,500 fans and Scotland playing at Hampden Park with 12,000 present.

    Who awaits in the knockouts?

    There's been plenty of talk about the supposed benefits of finishing second in this group. That's because if England win the group, they will face the runner-up in Group F – seen as the strongest in the tournament – at Wembley on Tuesday, 29 June in a 17:00 kick-off.

    At the moment, that would be Germany, but it could also be world champions France or holders Portugal, who meet on Wednesday.

    If England or Scotland finish in second they will meet the runners-up from Group E in Copenhagen next Monday (17:00).

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    Currently occupying that spot are Slovakia, but they face Spain on the final day and group leaders Sweden play Poland, with any of the four able to finish second.

    If either of the home nations finish as one of the best third-placed teams, they could end up playing in any of three different European cities.

    Depending on who else progresses, they will either meet the Netherlands in Budapest on Sunday (17:00), Group B winners Belgium in Seville later that day (20:00) or the winner of Group E – Sweden, Slovakia, Spain or Poland – in Glasgow a week on Tuesday (20:00).

    What about the fans?

    At the potential venues awaiting England and Scotland in the knockout stages, Uefa has announced the following crowd limits:

    • Wembley, London – 40,000 fans, around 50% capacity
    • Parken Stadium, Copenhagen – 25,000 fans, around 65%
    • Puskas Arena, Budapest – 61,000 fans, 100% capacity
    • Estadio de le Cartuja, Seville – 20,000 fans, 30%
    • Hampden Park, Glasgow – 12,000 fans, around 25%

    'Chance to be a national hero' – what have the sides said?

    Gareth Southgate and Steve Clarke

    Scotland boss Steve Clarke: "Obviously training was a little bit disrupted [following Billy Gilmour's positive Covid-19 test] but the bulk of the work has been done over the pre-camp and the training days earlier in the tournament.

    "You saw for yourself the team know exactly what they are doing when they get on the pitch. The team has been organised, they know what they have to do, and that will stand us in good stead.

    "The only spanner it throws into the works is that Billy would have started the game and now he won't, so it's a chance for someone else to come into the team and make themselves a national hero."

    England coach Gareth Southgate: "There will be teams who win all three of their group matches but there will only be a few of those.

    "The objective is to qualify. Most of them now know how unique a game England v Scotland is. Until you play or are involved in one you don't realise how unique it is.

    "They have come through that. It wasn't quite as good a performance with the ball as we hoped. We still had 60% of the possession and we were in control for the majority of it."

    What are the big decisions?

    Scotland have yet to score at Euro 2020, while England have found the net once, so the conundrum for both is how they can get more out of their attack.

    For Southgate and England, that means getting the best out of captain Harry Kane, who has been a peripheral figure and was substituted in both games, or finding a different solution in attack.

    That might also mean looking to Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford, who have appeared from the bench, or giving Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin their first minutes of the tournament.

    England are yet to concede, but have a wealth of options at full-back and centre-back Harry Maguire has declared himself fit.

    Scotland looked solid against England and reduced the hosts to just one shot on target.

    Forward Che Adams went close at Wembley and wing-backs Andrew Robertson and Stephen O'Donnell were a threat, but Scotland will definitely be eliminated unless they find a way to score against Croatia.

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    • I

      Comment posted by Insert Name Here , today at 10:37

      Can somebody explain why Scotland have not had to isolate any players due to Gilmour’s positive test?845

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        Reply posted by borg, today at 10:44

        "Can somebody explain why Scotland have not had to isolate any players due to Gilmour’s positive test?"borg replied: Total sham.he doesn’t even have any symptoms.you think they do this to Ronaldo1522

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      Comment posted by asitseems, today at 11:16

      Good luck to both Scotland and England tonight – hope they both win.

      Scotland fan798

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        Reply posted by Nickp, today at 11:27

        "Good luck to both Scotland and England tonight – hope they both win.Scotland fan"Nickp replied: That’s the spirit. More of that please people. I always want all the Brit teams to do well. I’m not a Welshman (I went to uni there though) – I feel very excited about Wales. Bale is the most exciting British player for me – he’s a joy to behold and a great inspiration for kids.247

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      Comment posted by borg, today at 10:47

      Scotland are the only team in the Tournament yet to score.The squad have all tested negative for scoring.607

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        Reply posted by Kate G F, today at 15:24

        "Scotland are the only team in the Tournament yet to score.The squad have all tested negative for scoring."Kate G F replied: Scotland missed their chance to give a beat down to England, the tournament bunny. Bad mistake.28

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      Comment posted by Emile Heskey for England Captain, today at 10:37

      I would like Southgate to prove us all wrong and play some exciting football, although we know it’s not going to happen.

      As an English fan, the Scotland game was incredibly dull to watch and has been a real mood killer.506

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        Reply posted by BlueStig, today at 10:50

        "I would like Southgate to prove us all wrong and play some exciting football, although we know it’s not going to happen. As an English fan, the Scotland game was incredibly dull to watch and has been a real mood killer."BlueStig replied: I blame the players. Mount has disappeared in both games so far. With him isolating, it might be an opportunity to bring in Grealish.247

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      Comment posted by Aspie, today at 11:14

      Can anyone explain why two England players are isolating for being near Gilmour after the game, when the entire Scotland squad who have spent the past two weeks with him are deemed safe?496

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        Reply posted by Gizmo, today at 11:17

        "Can anyone explain why two England players are isolating for being near Gilmour after the game, when the entire Scotland squad who have spent the past two weeks with him are deemed safe?"Gizmo replied: Yes, because PHE identified the 2 England players. How many times will the same question be asked ? The information is all in the articles.2330

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      Comment posted by miserableget, today at 11:19

      Waiting with fingers and everything else crossed that Sterling is shown to have been near Gilmour too. Although that’s pretty unlikely as he didn’t get within 5 yards of any Scot when Eng were defending. Can you catch coronavirus being 5 yards away from anyone else whilst pointing as runners overload the fullback?423

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        Reply posted by prospero68, today at 16:37

        "Waiting with fingers and everything else crossed that Sterling is shown to have been near Gilmour too. Although that’s pretty unlikely as he didn’t get within 5 yards of any Scot when Eng were defending. Can you catch coronavirus being 5 yards away from anyone else whilst pointing as runners overload the fullback?"prospero68 replied: Not sure why you are so against the only England player who has actually scored a goal…42

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      Comment posted by Quinnyy, today at 10:38

      The Frances, Germanys, Portugals, Spains, Brazils, Argentina even at club level, Bayern, PSG, Madird, Barcelona … these serial winning teams don’t change how they’re set up because they’re facing a tough opponent. They trust their system and their players. England never have, they’re always too afraid and it’ll catch them out again434

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        Reply posted by BlueStig, today at 10:47

        "The Frances, Germanys, Portugals, Spains, Brazils, Argentina even at club level, Bayern, PSG, Madird, Barcelona … these serial winning teams don’t change how they’re set up because they’re facing a tough opponent. They trust their system and their players. England never have, they’re always too afraid and it’ll catch them out again"BlueStig replied: Is that why 2 English teams were in the CL final?2835

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      Comment posted by TheMiller, today at 10:45

      The group stages are an absolute farce – going through in third place makes a mockery of the competition and promotes ultra-conservative football. Won your first game? Rest your entire first eleven thereafter. Drawn your first game? Eek out a 1 nil next. It completely ruins the spectacle. How we (England) are through is an absolute joke.333

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        Reply posted by TODS, today at 11:18

        "The group stages are an absolute farce – going through in third place makes a mockery of the competition and promotes ultra-conservative football. Won your first game? Rest your entire first eleven thereafter. Drawn your first game? Eek out a 1 nil next. It completely ruins the spectacle. How we (England) are through is an absolute joke."TODS replied: there are too many teams & groups.

        16 teams across 4 groups is all there should be.380

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      Comment posted by Galza, today at 10:40

      Not enough mention of Croatia, they are a gnarly cunning old team who invariably get a result when needed, make no mistake Scotland need a herculean effort to win this.322

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        Reply posted by Frank59, today at 14:41

        "Not enough mention of Croatia, they are a gnarly cunning old team who invariably get a result when needed, make no mistake Scotland need a herculean effort to win this."Frank59 replied: Exactly right, disrespect Croatia at your peril110

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      Comment posted by gjb, today at 10:32

      More goals than the other team would be good250

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        Reply posted by SammyValenteno, today at 17:42

        "More goals than the other team would be good"SammyValenteno replied: Scotland also need to realise that celebrating a 1-1 draw as if they had won the World Cup is not only sad, but it sets low expectations about what they could achieve.01

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      Comment posted by Grunties, today at 13:16

      Pickford needs to be moved into midfield so he can provide some passes to the forwards and so the rest of the team don’t have so far to pass the ball back to him251

      • F

        Reply posted by Frank59, today at 14:43

        "Pickford needs to be moved into midfield so he can provide some passes to the forwards and so the rest of the team don’t have so far to pass the ball back to him"Frank59 replied: He is the best passer in the team61

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      Comment posted by OssieWaddledintoHoddlesVilla, today at 12:03

      It’s hardly caused selection issues. “Disrupted”? Southgate has (inexplicably) not bothered with Chilwell at all anyway, didn’t even make the bench. And as for Mount, you’d imagine Southgates only dilemma here, is finding another excuse to not use Grealish!240

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        Reply posted by Ook the Librarian, today at 17:25

        "It’s hardly caused selection issues. “Disrupted”? Southgate has (inexplicably) not bothered with Chilwell at all anyway, didn’t even make the bench. And as for Mount, you’d imagine Southgates only dilemma here, is finding another excuse to not use Grealish!"Ook the Librarian replied: Easy … Henderson is semi fit so play 3 DMs’00

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      Comment posted by Stash13, today at 11:58

      22 players plus subs all spitting, sweating, shouting & clambering all over one another @ set pieces for 90 mins. Surely in the realm of common sense they are either all in “close contact” or none are?
      I hate mixing Football & politics but on this occassion I’ll make an exception, Boris, here’s a perfect example of why people are ignoring advice & have lost faith, an utterly farcical decision IMO.220

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        Reply posted by Origo, today at 16:08

        "22 players plus subs all spitting, sweating, shouting & clambering all over one another @ set pieces for 90 mins. Surely in the realm of common sense they are either all in “close contact” or none are?I hate mixing Football & politics but on this occassion I’ll make an exception, Boris, here’s a perfect example of why people are ignoring advice & have lost faith, an utterly farcical decision IMO."Origo replied: Well said Stash20

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      Comment posted by IDrinkYourMilkshake, today at 10:57

      Beating Panama, Tunisia and Sweden has carried Southgate for three years.

      Sweden wasn’t a bad win.264

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        Reply posted by Nickp, today at 11:54

        "Beating Panama, Tunisia and Sweden has carried Southgate for three years. Sweden wasn’t a bad win."Nickp replied: Be fair… Panama has its own canal. Very popular too!120

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      Comment posted by footfall22, today at 10:47

      The Scotland manager Steve Clarke is shown in a photograph clearly within a very close distance to Gilmour at the game on Friday. Why are two England players being made to self isolate and Clarke doesn’t have to? It’s nothing personal against Clarke or Scotland I really hope they progress, but where is the consistency?265

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        Reply posted by Gizmo, today at 11:11

        "The Scotland manager Steve Clarke is shown in a photograph clearly within a very close distance to Gilmour at the game on Friday. Why are two England players being made to self isolate and Clarke doesn’t have to? It’s nothing personal against Clarke or Scotland I really hope they progress, but where is the consistency?"Gizmo replied: You’d need to ask PHE as it was they who identified the 2 England players.312

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      Comment posted by Emile Heskey for England Captain, today at 10:40

      Let’s leave Sterling out of the starting 11 please. On his day he can be fantastic but he isn’t playing well and everything he does is too predictable.

      I feel Sancho or Grealish would be a much more effective solution. Sterling can perhaps make a difference off the bench against tired legs, but shouldn’t be starting.254

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        Reply posted by guilbert53, today at 11:05

        "Let’s leave Sterling out of the starting 11 please. On his day he can be fantastic but he isn’t playing well and everything he does is too predictable. I feel Sancho or Grealish would be a much more effective solution. Sterling can perhaps make a difference off the bench against tired legs, but shouldn’t be starting."guilbert53 replied: Sterling is our top scorer :-)1210

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      Comment posted by Kmelx, today at 12:54

      How will Scotland move forward in the tournament without Billy Gilmour??!

      A player who has started ONE international match and who the BBC without any hint of irony compared in TWO separate articles after England vs Scotland to be the next Xavi and/or N’Golo Kante!

      Xavi! Really! He won EVERYTHING. La Liga x 8, CL x 4, World Cup x 1, Euro’s x 2. There are more, but there isn’t room to list them!180

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        Reply posted by Bergen, today at 12:57

        "How will Scotland move forward in the tournament without Billy Gilmour??!A player who has started ONE international match and who the BBC without any hint of irony compared in TWO separate articles after England vs Scotland to be the next Xavi and/or N’Golo Kante!Xavi! Really! He won EVERYTHING. La Liga x 8, CL x 4, World Cup x 1, Euro’s x 2. There are more, but there isn’t room to list them!"Bergen replied: They said “next” we can’t go back in time, but I think you might have tried .07

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      Comment posted by Tellysavalis, today at 11:54

      Mount and Chilwell are no great loss…wish Kane and Sterling would test positive so Southgate might play people that could actually score.

      Find myself envious of the Italians and the Danes whose players actually seem to care.150

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        Reply posted by E6toSE3, today at 16:19

        "Mount and Chilwell are no great loss…wish Kane and Sterling would test positive so Southgate might play people that could actually score.Find myself envious of the Italians and the Danes whose players actually seem to care."E6toSE3 replied: Long history of England managers needing players injured before dropping their out of form preferences. Right back to Bobby Robson in Mexico00

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      Comment posted by OldBlue, today at 11:49

      I am genuinely totally confused. Mount & Chillwell self isolate as they spoke to Gilmour on the pitch at the end of the game although they have tested negative twice since. Scots team who shared a dressing room, coach, restaurant with him don’t. Manager and staff who spoke to him don’t. Ref who spoke to him doesn’t. Is there any official explanation for this?141

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        Reply posted by S-Force, today at 11:56

        "I am genuinely totally confused. Mount & Chillwell self isolate as they spoke to Gilmour on the pitch at the end of the game although they have tested negative twice since. Scots team who shared a dressing room, coach, restaurant with him don’t. Manager and staff who spoke to him don’t. Ref who spoke to him doesn’t. Is there any official explanation for this?"S-Force replied: Apparently it’s due to the amount of time they spent together after the game in the Tunnel. It’s not Scotland that make the rules on who isolates and who doesn’t. It does seem a farce though – Considering the amount of contact between players on the pitch during the game.70

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      Comment posted by RivalFan, today at 10:37

      I’m fed up of seeing two CDMs. They’ve both played well, but the fact there’s two of them starves us going forward. Kane as well be wearing a straight jacket up top.

      I don’t think I’m deluded (as a deluded person would say) in thinking that we have one of the best attacking squads at the tournament. It’s frustrating that the approach to games is so negative.154

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        Reply posted by BlueStig, today at 10:49

        "I’m fed up of seeing two CDMs. They’ve both played well, but the fact there’s two of them starves us going forward. Kane as well be wearing a straight jacket up top. I don’t think I’m deluded (as a deluded person would say) in thinking that we have one of the best attacking squads at the tournament. It’s frustrating that the approach to games is so negative."BlueStig replied: But Kalvin Phillips played in an advanced role, not as a CDM.212

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