Bellingham Shines In England’s 3-1 Friendly Win Over Scotland – Sport Grill


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Jude Bellingham shone with a goal and assist in England’s 3-1 friendly win over Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Bellingham doubled England’s lead in the 35th minute with a calmly-composed strike, before he turned provider in the 81st minute to set up Harry Kane’s match-winning strike for the Three Lions.

Phil Foden initially opened the scoring with a 32nd minute flick-in after he got a touch on Kyle Walker’s shot, to deny his Manchester City teammate a second goal in three days after Walker had rescued them a 1-1 draw against Ukraine.

Scotland were largely outplayed but briefly pulled a goal back in the 67th minute as Harry Maguire diverted Andrew Robertson’s shot into his own net.

Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army were also made to wait to acheive qualification for UEFA Euro 2024, after Norway beat Georgia in Oslo, courtesy of first half goals from Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard.

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Having enjoyed a comfortable win over Cyrpus last time out, Scotland remained unchanged whilst England manager – Gareth Southgate rotated his squad with Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire and James Maddison amongst six players dropped to the bench,

Southgate’s gamble in part came after his team failed to “click” in their 1-1 draw against Ukraine last weekend, yet almost paid off after three minutes as a corner found Declan Rice who floated a chipped cross to the right post but Angus Gunn punched away the delivery.

England quickly began to dominate the ball with energetic creative attacking movement but their best chance of the opening 20 minutes didn’t come until the 18th minute when Kalvin Phillips played Marcus Rashford up the left, only for Phil Foden to rifle a pullback pass over the bar.

Walker then dragged his shot from Rashford’s pullback pass wide across goal seven minutes later as England continued to dominate.

Southgate’s Three Lions eventually got their reward for a strong start in the 32nd minute as Rashford laid off the ball for Walker, whose shot was flicked in by Phil Foden from six yards to deny the right-back a second goal of this month’s international window.

England further lucked in just three minutes later as Foden’s cross found Walker whose shot was deflected by Andrew Robertson, only as far as Bellingham who duly rifled in unchallenged to double the Three Lions’ lead at the break.

Scotland however came out of half-time more fired up and almost pulled one back in the 50th minute, as Billy Gilmour rifled over the bar from just outside of the box.

Gilmour’s chance however scared England back into life as they quickly reasserted their dominance, which led Steve Clarke to make a double Scotland substitution, as Gilmour and Che Adams were replaced on the hour mark by Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie respectively.

Clarke’s gamble paid off in the 67th minute as Robertson burst up the left flank at pace and unleashed a low shot, which England substitute – Maguire could only divert into his own net beyond a wrong-footed Aaron Ramsdale.

John McGinn almost restored parity four minutes later in front of a delirious home crowd but flicked a cross wide of the top-left corner, albeit via his right shoulder.

Scotland’s fresh momentum however forced Southgate into a double change as Foden and Rashford were subbed for Bukayo Saka and Eberechi Eze, of which the latter almost restored England’s two-goal lead seconds after he came on but Gunn made a crucial block.

Gunn soon afterwards blocked Bellingham’s deflected 75th minute effort, but was unable to do anything six minutes later, as the 20 year-old turned Christie and slipped Kane through to poke in and secure victory for England.

 

What’s Next?

Scotland return to UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying action with a trip to Seville to face Spain on Thursday 12 October, before visiting Lille to take on France in a friendly on Tuesday 17 October.

England will host Australia in a friendly on Friday 13 October at Wembley Stadium, London, before they face Italy at the same venue on 17 October in an UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier.

 

Teams

Scotland: Anguss Gunn, Ryan Porteous, Jack Hendry, Kieran Tierney, Aaron Hickey (Patterson 89′), Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Andrew Robertson, Billy Gilmour (Dykes 60′), Callum McGregor, Che Adams (Christie 59′)

Substitutes: John Souttar, Lyndon Dykes, Ryan Christie, Robby McCrorie, Scott McKenna, Stuart Armstrong, Lewis Ferguson, Kevin Nisbet, Ryan Jack, Zander Clark, Nathan Patterson, Kenny McLean, Lawrence Shankland

England: Aaron Ramsdale, Kyle Walker, Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi (Maguire 45′), Kieran Trippier, Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham (Gallaghr 84′), Declan Rice, Phil Foden (Saka 71′), Harry Kane (Wilson 84′), Marcus Rashford (Eze 71′)

Substitutes: Ben Chilwell, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire, Fikayo Tomori, Bukayo Saka, Eberechi Eze, Levi Colwill, James Maddison, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Pickford, Callum Wilson, Eddie Nketiah.



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