Tierney ‘fit & available’ for Scots

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    Scotland defender Kieran Tierney has been declared fit after taking a full part in Scotland training on Wednesday and ThursdayScotland defender Kieran Tierney has been declared fit after taking a full part in Scotland training on Wednesday and Thursday

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    Kieran Tierney is "fit and available" for Scotland's seismic Euro 2020 match with England at Wembley on Friday, says head coach Steve Clarke.

    The 24-year-old Arsenal defender has recovered from the calf problem that kept him out of Monday's opening Group D defeat by the Czech Republic.

    England kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 Wembley win over Croatia.

    "It's good news for Kieran, good news for us and the Scottish supporters," said Clarke.

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    "Hopefully we can back all that up with a good result. He has trained fully the last two days, so he is available for the whole game."

    Midfielder Scott McTominay welcomed the return of key man Tierney – who had said on Wednesday it was "touch and go" whether he would be fit – as Clarke's side attempt to cause an upset against one of the tournament favourites.

    "It's a big deal, we need him back, he's a top player we want back in the team," said Manchester United's McTominay.

    "He's someone we need and rely on a lot in terms of what he brings to the squad. He's a big personality, a great character within the group."

    Kieran Tierney training with Scotland after missing Czech match

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    Scotland have not beaten England since winning 1-0 at Wembley in 1999, losing three of the four meetings since, and Clarke hopes for more incisive finishing from his team to revive qualification hopes.

    With Lyndon Dykes surprisingly preferred up front to Che Adams, Scotland missed several chances as they began their first major men's finals in 23 years with a 2-0 loss at Hampden.

    "The objective when we started the tournament was to get enough points to get to the knockout stage for the first time in our history and we still have that in front of us," Clarke added.

    "We look to get something out of the game against England and we have to get something from the game against Croatia as well.

    "The players have to believe in themselves – that's the first criteria. They're playing at a really good level – a lot of them are team-mates with players in the England squad – so they're used to seeing them on the pitch, used to seeing each other playing big games.

    "I wouldn't think they lack the self-belief to believe they can go there and get a result.

    "You just do a bit of work on the training ground and hope when the chances come they are clean. The Czech Republic blocked about 10 of our 19 shots the other day."

    'We need a result, simple as that'

    McTominay says the players are still "hurting" from that defeat to the Czechs, and he believes Scotland now cannot afford to lose at Wembley if are to make history by qualifying from the group.

    "I think that's an honest assessment," the 24-year-old said. "You go in to win the game but most definitely don't lose, that's first and foremost.

    "We have to get a result, it's as simple as that. That's the sole focus of the group. We had 24 hours after the game to digest what happened and the mistakes that were made in front of goal and defending.

    "I'm sure you'll see a big reaction, players hungry to win the game and obviously do it for everyone in Scotland."

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