England welcome historic local rivals Scotland to Wembley on Friday for their second Group D match of the 2020 European Championship.  

With memories of Euro ‘96 brought to light by Phil Foden’s ‘Gazza’-inspired hairstyle, excitement for this fixture is through the roof nationwide. 

With victory on Friday securing qualification to the next round, the importance of the game cannot be understated. 

Team News 

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson joined Mason Greenwood on the growing list of players to have withdrawn from the squad due to injury. 

The Manchester United regular picked up a knock to his hip which has squandered any hopes of playing at this summer’s tournament.  

Tyrone Mings is expected to be given the opportunity to build upon his impressive introduction against Croatia with another start on Friday, while the debate surrounding England’s left-back spot remains unanswered. 

Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell are expected to return to the squad after their surprise exclusion on Sunday, with both players of high enough calibre to make a huge difference should they take to the pitch on Friday. 

Scotland will be buoyed by the possibility of Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney returning to the squad, with manager Steve Clarke confirming he has returned to training this week. 

With no fresh injury news following their defeat to the Czech’s, it would appear Scotland will head into the fixture with a clean bill of health. 

Predicted lineups 


Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane 


David Marshall, Jack Hendry, Grant Hanley, Liam Cooper, Stephen O’Donnel, John McGinn, Scott McTominay, Stuart Armstrong, Andrew Robertson, Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams 

Player to watch 

Andrew Robertson 

Premier League and Champions League winner Robertson is the heartbeat of this Scotland team. 

His ability going forward and backwards along the left flank not only offers the Scots some defensive stability, but also a consistent creative outlet, with his menacing deliveries causing headaches to even the most established of defences. 

Should Scotland leave Wembley victorious, expect Robertson to be the reason why. 

How to Watch 

The game will be shown live on ITV, with the game kicking off at 20:00 BST 

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