Bring it on!

Sports | REUTERS 18 Jun 2021

The world's oldest national team rivalry resumes tomorrow (HK time) at Wembley when Scotland take on England at the European Championship.

While England, fresh from a 1-0 win over Croatia, are strong favorites, Scotland midfielder John McGinn believes Steve Clarke's side are capable of overcoming the perceived gulf in quality.

"The English media will have you believe the gap is humongous. So it is up to us to prove that wrong," he said. "They have a population of 55 million, we have five million. They have worldwide superstars all throughout their squad. But we have a few wee superstars in our team who can play well and cause them problems."

First played in 1872, the fixture has taken place 114 times. England have won 48 times, their northern neighbor 41, with 25 drawn.

Scotland are playing in their first European Championship since 1996, when they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley. The Scots have not beaten England since 1999 - and even that 1-0 victory was part of a two-legged defeat in a Euro 2000 qualifying playoff.

Scotland, beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic in their Group D opener, currently have Aston Villa's McGinn, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay among a number of Premier League players. "We compete against these guys week in, week out and we seem to hold our own," McGinn said. "If we play to our capabilities we will give them a game."

England center-back Harry Maguire said he is fit and available to face Scotland after missing the opener due to an ankle ligament injury.

Maguire has been out for more than a month after picking up the injury in Manchester United's 3-1 Premier League win at Villa on May 9.



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