England were held to a goalless draw by Scotland at Wembley on Friday night.
Gareth Southgate’s side limbered to a stalemate in their second Group D game of the European Championships, a game which saw the introduction of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish in the second half.
That result leaves them in second place, a goal behind the Czech Republic after their 1-1 draw with Croatia at Hampden Park. Croatia and Scotland are level on a point apiece after the second round of games in Group D was completed.
England play the Czechs in a crucial game on Tuesday night (7pm) to secure qualification and, potentially, the better draw for the first round of the knockout stages.
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Croatia or the Scots would need either England or the Czechs to beat each other and win their respective games to secure a place in the round of 16.
One of the teams from Group D could still qualify as the ‘best’ third-placed team, but England know that a win against the Czechs secures progression from Group D regardless of what happens elsewhere.
Scotland need to beat Croatia and hope England lose and there is a three-goal swing to leap above the Three Lions in the group.
Speaking to ITV after the game, England captain Harry Kane offered his reaction.
“Fair result, fair play to Scotland they defended well. It wasn’t our best performance, but it’s another point closer to qualification and that’s our ultimate goal.
“We just have to recover and look forward to the next game in a few days.
“It was a tough game – Scotland defended really well, made good blocks at the right times when we know no game is going to be easy.
“It’s a European Championship and Scotland are playing for their lives.
“We’ve got another big game in a few days against the Czechs, we want to finish sharp – it’s a point, not what we wanted but it’s one step closer to qualifying. One step at a time and we go again.”