Defying FIFA by wearing a red poppy on their black armbands, England and Scotland played out a a decent World Cup qualifying clash at Wembley on Friday night, with the Three Lions’ superior finishing ultimately making the difference.
The visitors started strongly, hassling and harrying their hosts. However, a lack of a cutting edge meant all their good play went unrewarded, with Grant Hanley directing a free-header wide of the goal when he should have scored.
It was England who would take the lead on 24 minutes, with Daniel Sturridge superbly heading home a Kyle Walker centre.
England’s backline persisted with playing the ball out from the back, only to find themselves under pressure time and time again.
Scotland went close again after the re-start, with James Forrest fluffing another great chance. However, on 50 minutes Adam Lallana doubled England’s lead when he headed home from a Danny Rose cross.
It wasn’t long before Gareth Southgate’s men made it 3-0, this time with Gary Cahill making it three headed goals for England after a Wayne Rooney corner.
England saw out the rest of the game to secure a win which puts them two points clear at the top of Group F.
As for Scotland, they find themselves languishing in fifth spot, with qualification already looking like a big ask for Gordon Strachan and co, who’ll no doubt be ruing their missed chances at Wembley.