Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana both netted in England’s 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Friday evening.
England 3-0 Scotland
World Cup Qualifier, Wembley Stadium
November 11, 2016
Goals: Sturridge 24′, Lallana 50′, Cahill 61′
The Three Lions welcomed Gordon Strachan’s side to northwest London for their latest World Cup qualifier, as they looked to secure passage to Russia in 2018.
Gareth Southgate named Jordan Henderson along with Lallana and Sturridge in his starting lineup, with another Reds player, Nathaniel Clyne, among his substitutes.
Joe Hart kept his place in goal, behind a back four of Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, John Stones and Danny Rose, while Henderson was joined by Eric Dier in a two-man midfield unit.
Supporting Sturridge in attack, Lallana, Wayne Rooney and former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling interchanged in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Matching the mixed atmosphere at Wembley, England started slowly, struggling to string a series of passes together, with some particularly poor balls played out of defence.
With Sterling in inspired form, however, the Three Lions broke the deadlock on 24 minutes.
The 21-year-old picked up the ball outside the area and powered a shot on goal, with the resulting deflection falling to Walker on the right flank, and the Tottenham Hotspur full-back drilled a cross in for Sturridge to head home.
This gave England the impetus to dominate, with Scotland struggling to get out of their half before Cuneyt Cakir blew for the interval.
Strachan will have saved some choice words for his side at half-time, and he nearly saw parity restored with two early chances in the second half, but both James Forrest and Robert Snodgrass squandered great opportunities.
England then capitalised, as Sterling and Rose combined on the left wing, with Lallana’s bright third-man run seeing him get on the end of the latter’s cross to head past Craig Gordon.
Gaining control once again, Southgate’s side kept up the pressure in the final third, and it wasn’t long before they’d scored their third.
While Rooney was in frustrating form in open play, it was the England captain’s fine curled delivery from a corner on the hour mark that allowed Cahill to nod his side further ahead.
Sterling then had a great chance to make it 4-0 when Henderson’s cross found him at the far post, but the Manchester City man somehow scooped his effort over the bar from point-blank range.
This proved to be the last big opportunity for the Three Lions, who enjoyed a comfortable night on home soil; with no injuries for any of Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds.
TIA Man of the Match: Adam Lallana
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir
England: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose; Dier, Henderson; Sterling, Rooney, Lallana; Sturridge (Vardy 74′)
Subs not used: Heaton, Pickford, Clyne, Bertrand, Jagielka, Wilshere, Lingard, Walcott, Townsend, Rashford, Kane
Scotland: Gordon; Anya (Paterson 79′), Hanley, Berra, Wallace; Brown, Fletcher; Forrest, Snodgrass (Ritchie 82′), Morrison (McArthur 66′); Griffiths
Subs not used: Marshall, Hamilton, C. Martin, R. Martin, Naismith, Fletcher, Bannan, Burke, Kingsley