Three talking points ahead of England’s clash with Scotland at Euro 2020
With Scotland having announced their squad for this summer’s European Championships, excitement is starting to build around the Tartan Army’s first appearance at a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup. There have been over 20 years’ worth of devastating lows since that summer in France, but now Scottish football fans can rejoice that their team is back in the big time.
As fate would have it, they have been drawn in the same group as England, with the two teams set to square off at Wembley on June 18th. Punters are scouring the England vs Scotland odds to try and figure out whether Scotland have any chance of causing an upset, and it’s fair to say that the game will be one of the highlights of the summer for British sports fans.
Let’s take a look at three of the biggest discussion topics ahead of the latest edition of Scotland vs England, as the countdown begins to Euro 2020.
A rivalry renewed
England against Scotland is a football fixture as old as time — in fact, it is officially recognised as the first ever match between two national teams. England travelled to play Scotland at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow in 1872, with the game ultimately finishing goalless.
149 years later, it’s Scotland who are making the journey, with all three of England’s Euro 2020 group games being held at Wembley Stadium in London. There’s a great history of matches between the two nations, and it’s fitting that Scotland’s return to a major tournament will see them go head-to-head once again.
Scotland’s time to shine
The scenes of celebration when Scotland beat Serbia on penalties to qualify showed just what it meant to the players. The younger generation of Scottish football fans have never seen their team in a major tournament, and now they will have the opportunity to see their team mixing it with the heavyweights of international football.
The format of the European Championships means that there is a chance for Scotland to enjoy a decent run in the competition. The fact that the third-placed team in the group has a chance to advance to the knockout stage means that if Scotland can get off to a winning start against the Czech Republic, they may fancy following in the footsteps of Wales at Euro 2016.
England on a mission
Standing in their way is an extremely motivated team, who are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament. While England didn’t exactly tear up any trees in qualifying, Gareth Southgate has made them a very difficult side to beat, and it would be a huge shock to see Scotland emerge with the victory at Wembley.
England will have their sights set on a deep run to the latter stages, but Scotland will be just as motivated to do themselves justice on their return to the tournament scene. It could be a rip-roaring encounter on June 18th — you certainly don’t want to miss it!