How did England & Scotland rate?

England had three efforts on target and scored three goals

England strengthened their grip on World Cup qualifying Group F with a clinical 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley.

BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses the victors’ display, while former Scotland striker Steve Thompson gives his marks out of 10 for Gordon Strachan’s team.


Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 6

A quiet night but did what he had to do effectively.

Kyle Walker (right back) 7

Has a licence to cause damage in attack and did so with fierce cross for Daniel Sturridge’s goal.

Gary Cahill (central defence) 6

Gary Cahill heads home England's third goal of the evening<!–

Decent evening despite picking up a booking. Scored England’s third headed goal from a corner to kill off Scotland.

John Stones (central defence) 5

Sloppy, too risky and conceded possession in the first half. Vital block from Snodgrass early in the second.

Danny Rose (left-back) 7

Excellent all-round performance and always willing to lend weight in attack. Provided a fine cross for Adam Lallana’s goal.

Eric Dier (central midfield) 5

Eric Dier was solid but unspectacular<!–

Disappointing. Unable to exert his influence or act as the base in midfield.

Jordan Henderson (central midfield) 6

Energetic and improved as the game went on, with Scotland fading in the middle of the park.

Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) 6

Good corner for Gary Cahill’s goal did not really sparkle otherwise.

Raheem Sterling (forward) 6

Mixed bag. Subjected to physical attention from the Scots, underlining his threat, but missed an incredible second-half sitter.

Adam Lallana (forward) 8

Adam Lallana was impressive for England once again<!–

England’s best performer. Good control, vision and another important England goal, with a very well taken header.

Daniel Sturridge (striker) 7

A performance that justified Gareth Southgate’s faith with a brilliant instinctive header to break the deadlock.


Jamie Vardy (for Sturridge, 74 minutes)

Did nothing of note.


Scotland drop to fifth place in Group F<!–

Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) 5

No chance with goals and had little else to do other than pick the ball out of his net.

Ikechi Anya (right-back) 6

A surprise choice but the Derby winger defended well considering he wasn’t in his natural position.

Lee Wallace (left-back) 6

Scotland’s best player on the night after a long absence from the international scene. Offered a real threat going forward and worked tirelessly.

Grant Hanley (central defence) 5

Grant Hanley missed with a free header from a corner shortly after England opened the scoring<!–

Played better than in Slovakia and unlucky at first goal after making a good block. Wasted a great chance to equalise, failing to hit the target from a free header.

Christophe Berra (central defence) 6

Given a rare start and did well to keep England’s danger men quiet for large periods.

Darren Fletcher (central midfield) 5

The captain’s desire and work rate are never in question but he was too often loose in possession.

Scott Brown (central midfielder) 6

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown<!–

Back from his short-lived international retirement but for how long? The Celtic captain gave the midfield energy and aggression as expected.

James Morrison (central midfield) 5

Largely ineffectual. Didn’t get on the ball enough to make a positive impact. Again, a surprise inclusion given his lack of game time at West Brom.

James Forrest (forward) 5

Missed a glorious opportunity to level the game early in the second half, dragging a shot wide from near the penalty spot. Another player guilty of giving the ball away too often.

Robert Snodgrass (forward) 6

Provided some threatening set-pieces. Really should have scored not long after James Forrest’s miss when he had a good sight at goal.

Leigh Griffiths (striker) 6

Leigh Griffiths started brightly but faded out of the match<!–

Led the line well with positive energy in the first half. However, made a poor decision not to play in Robert Snodgrass on a good counter-attack. Tired in the second half as Scotland meekly surrendered.


James McArthur (replaced Morrison, 66 minutes)

The game was over when he came on, very difficult to make an impression.

Callum Paterson (replaced Anya, 79 minutes)

On for the injured Anya. Not given much to do since England were content to keep the ball and didn’t pose much of a threat.

Matt Ritchie (replaced Snodgrass, 82 minutes)

Too late to make an impact.

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