Harry Kane looked a shadow of his usual self
Graeme Souness gave a damning assessment of England’s Euro 2021 chances following their goalless draw with Scotland, declaring "football ain’t coming home with that, not the way they are playing."
While Steve Clarke’s well-drilled side gave their hopes of reaching the Euro 2020 knockout phase a much-needed shot in the arm, England were made to look lacklustre at Wembley and a shadow of the team who beat Croatia in their opening game last Sunday, with Harry Kane again struggling to inspire.
And after watching England fail to muster a shot on target during the opening period and then not improve much after the break, Souness did not hold back with his verdict, on both England’s captain and the team.
"Harry is England’s one player proven to get goals at this level on a regular basis. If that is not happening in this competition, you’re not going very far," he said on ITV.
"Go back to the World Cup in Russia, his goals got you where you got to and Harry Kane not performing is a major problem for you. Football ain’t coming home with that, not the way they are playing."
He added: "Throughout the 90 minutes you saw that Scottish players were putting their bodies on the line. I want to make this point, people will say Scotland were passionate and they worked harder than England. They did that, but they played better. Their passing was better, their movement was better.
"Billy Gilmour was the best midfielder on the pitch. Don’t leave thinking it was Scotland’s effort that got them to where they were, they were a good team tonight."
Harry Kane was again taken off by manager Gareth Southgate, this time with 15 minutes to go.
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He said afterwards that a draw was "probably a fair result".
"To be fair to Scotland they defended really well. It wasn’t our best performance," Kane told ITV.
"It was a tough game. Scotland defended really well, made great blocks at the right times when we did have chances.
"That’s football, we’re playing at the European Championship, no games are going to be easy, Scotland are playing for their lives in the tournament and you saw that today."
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Scotland captain Andrew Robertson believed his side did enough to take the win.
"I think we did, I don’t think many people can argue with that," he said on ITV. "We had the big chances, at times we kept the ball superbly well and frustrated them and on another night we could have come away with more.
"We will take a point, it keeps us alive, but it’s important we use this feeling going into Tuesday and it’s important we try and use it to get a positive result which we need to get through the group.
"Credit to the boys in there, a really good result but it is important it is not a pointless result. It is important that we use it to try and get out of this group."