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World Cup qualifying: England 3-0 Scotland


11-12-2016 12:57 BJT

Also in action would be England as they hosted Scotland. The Three Lions despite their poor results at major tournaments have been brilliant in qualifying phases lately -- unbeaten in 32 matches for major events, and they would extend that streak against their neighbors.

Pick things up in the 24th minute, and Raheem Sterling's shot is blocked, but the ball finds Kyle Walker whose cross is angled home by Daniel Sturridge. 1-nil England. That is D-Studg's fourth goal in 6 games for his country.

In the second half, Scotland, in their horrific pink tops would have a chance to equalize, but Robert Snodgrass's powerful shot is blocked.

Moments later, England break out on the counter -- and Danny Rose's cross from the left finds an open Adam Lallana in the box, and he steers the ball hame to make it 2-nil.

Then on the hour mark Wayne Rooney's corner is guided home by Gary Cahill, to make it 3. As England enjoy their biggest victory over Scotland in 40 years.

"For the team, for the players to come through a real pressure environment and win and in the end enjoy their football...which the game is always different when the scoreline is at it is in the last 10-15 minutes. So they were able to experience playing at Wembley with some freedom and some lovely interplay and control the game. However before that, there were some moments where we weren't as controlled and we had to dig in at times," said Gareth Soughgate, England interim manager.

"And then we'll debrief with everybody but at this moment I think the game was cruel to them (the players) tonight, really cruel to them and in life if you put that much work in somewhere along the line, the game has got to get good for you," said Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager.

So this is how things look in Group F. England on top with 10 points, Slovenia sit second with eight points followed by Slovakia, Lithuania, Scotland and Malta bringing up the rear.

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