Written by Ese Agboaye
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill saw England claim maximum points in a comfortable but less than convincing win, whilst a hapless Scotland were left with a mountain to climb, as they slip to fifth in the qualifying table.
The first half saw Scotland spurn some chances, shortly before Sturridge put his side in the lead. A cross from Kyle Walker played a part.
What shocked me more was that I thought that after England had gone ahead, Scotland would soon equalise, but they continued to waste chances.
The second half saw England punish Scotland for wasting chances by putting in two braces of their own from Lallana, which was crossed to him by Danny Rose and Cahill, which was whipped in from a corner by Wayne Rooney.
Overall, I somehow feel rather disappointed despite a 3-0 win. I felt that Scotland didn’t turn up, and England were just allowed to walk over their opponents. If not for important blocks, England could’ve put at least five, or six goals past their opponents.
I reckon England controlled the game following the first goal, then from there on in, continued to dominate as Scotland continued to waste chances. In a nutshell, when a team fails to take their chances, another will capitalise, and that’s what happened to Scotland.
Nevertheless, England are now six points ahead of Scotland heading into their final fixture of 2016.
The only real damper is that Gary Cahill will miss the next match following picking up a booking.
After this win, does Gareth Southgate deserve the job full-time, or shall we discuss this after his final match against Spain? But that’s another conversation for another day…
What did you make of the performance? Did we learn anything from the game? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image by Mick Baker