Scotland came close to upsetting the odds at Wembley in the first meeting between the two in 19 years only to lose 3-2.

Scotland started in brave fashion keeping the ball well for long spells of the 1st period. Kenny Miller the lone man up-front in particular. The Scots managed to take a shock lead when Maloney’s corner wasn’t cleared properly and James Morrison fired home from distance though Joe Hart will feel he should’ve done better. England went close a few times when efforts from Cleverly and Rooney went wide, before the pressure finally paid off. Cleverly’s through ball caught Steven Whittaker out as Walcott raced onto it to Coolly finish past McGregor for the half to finish level The Scots no doubt were the happier of the two sides.

Scotland regained the lead just a few minutes after the break, Alan Hutton crossed from the right as Kenny Miller controlled the ball on his chest before turning Cahill and firing home. It took England just a few minutes to restore parity a free-kick floated in over the head of Martin for Welbeck to hit the back of the net. England took the lead for the 1st time in the game when sub Ricky Lambert thumped his header past McGregor. Lampard almost gave England breathing space but only saw his long-range effort saved by McGregor. In the closing stages Lambert hit the post as Zaha squared the ball he went close seconds later only to be denied by McGregor.

It was a typical British blood and thunder affair Scotland boss Strachan will be pleased at how his side matched up to Hodgson’s men.


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