83 min We know all too well about Scotland’s relationship with glorious failure. If they concede now this will be yet another chapter, because their overall performance has been wonderful.
81 min Hanley makes a brilliant tackle on Rashford just outside the area and Scotland break. Eventually McGinn’s long-range shot deflects over the bar. I feared for McGinn after that early yellow card but he has been fifty shades of immense.
79 min Sterling appeals unsuccessfully for a penalty after a challenge from Robertson near the byline. VAR isn’t interested but that was pretty similar to the penalty given against David Alaba yesterday. Whether it should be a penalty is a different matter.
78 min: Chance for Adams! Oh, Scotland. Tierney’s cross from the left skims off the head of Stones and flies towards Adams beyond the far post. He launches into it on the half-volley but slices it well wide of the near post. It looked a much tougher chance on the replay.
76 min Scotland substitution: Stuart Armstrong comes on to replace Billy Gilmour, who faded a little in the second half but was sensational before the break.
75 min That’s a pretty brave decision from Gareth Southgate, which registers 5.7 on the LinekerSmithTaylorometer. Kane has done very little in both games, but he’s also scored hundreds of goals in his career. I can see both sides!
74 min Mount’s flicked pass deflects through to Shaw on the left of the area. He takes it down on his thigh but then smashes a cross shot miles wide.
73 min Grealish has been good since coming on, bringing an arrogance and composure in tight areas that Foden, at this stage, doesn’t have.
72 min “Seen it all before,” is the subject of Simon McMahon’s email. “I think we all know how this ends, eh, Rob?”
71 min If it stays like this, England will be effectively, but not officially, through to the last 16. Scotland would almost certainly need a win over Croatia in their final game.
70 min “For all the tradition, this is dreadful,” says Paul Pooley. “As a neutral, this game needs a goal. From anyone. Please.”
But it’s England v Scotland! (I’ve enjoyed it immensely, but I do know what you mean.)
68 min Shaw curls a fine long pass over the top to Kane, who lays it back towards Grealish on the edge of the D. McTominay slides in to poke the ball away.
66 min Grealish’s first act is to win a corner off McTominay, who started nervously on his return to centre-back but has been superb in the last half an hour or so. The corner is cleared at the near post.
64 min: Jack Grealish is on! He replaces the disappointing Phil Foden. Grealish goes to the left, Raheem Sterling moves to the right.
62 min: James clears off the line from Dykes! This is pulsating stuff now. Robertson’s inswinging corner from the right ricochets towards Dykes, whose hooked shot beats Pickford and is headed off the line by James! It might have been going wide but James didn’t know that. He did brilliantly to run back towards goal and head it away.
61 min An incredible long pass from Pickford (if he meant it) falls kindly for Sterling 20 yards from goal. He is tackled by Hanley and then Robertson (or Tierney) makes an important challenge on Foden.
60 min Mount wins another corner off McTominay. Scotland’s three centre-backs have worked incredibly hard in the last 10 minutes. Meanwhile, Jack Grealish is getting ready to come on.
59 min Kane twists away from two defenders on the edge of the area and hits a low left-footed shot that is heroically blocked by Hanley. But the pressure is building…
58 min “Billy Gilmour is not ‘perhaps Glasgow’s only Xavi tribute act’,” says Matt Vallance. “Wee Billy comes from Ardrossan, in God’s County of Ayrshire – about 40 miles from Glasgow. We are a much bigger country, where football is played outwith Glasgow.”
Ach, what a moron I am – sorry. Why did I think he was born in Glasgow? It’s because Chelsea got him from Rangers, isn’t it. As a proud Orcadian I’m mildly disgusted with my ignorance. But I suppose we can say with a degree of confidence that he is Ardrossan’s only Xavi tribute act.
57 min: Chance for Adams! Now Scotland almost take the lead. Dykes moves infield from the right and hits a 20-yard shot that is blocked by a combination of Adams and Stones. The ball falls to Adams, near the penalty spot, but he can’t find the angle for an immediate shot. He turns back, looking for support, and then hits a shot on the turn that is blocked by Stones. Credit where it’s due, Stones did brilliantly there.
55 min: Chance for James! Kane, on the left, looks up and plays a very good medium-range pass into James on the edge of the area. He gets the ball out of his feet but then spanks it over.
54 min England have been slightly livelier since the break, but Scotland still look relatively comfortable. It’s surely time for Grealish, or Sancho, or Rashford.
51 min Adams turns on the halfway line and plays a fine pass out to the marauding Robertson. His low cross towards Dykes, not entirely convincing by his stratospheric standards, is cleared at the near post. Che Adams has had an excellent game.
51 min “I might be watching this through low-cal reduced sugar shandy glasses but if England showed a little less respect and more oomph they could surely cause Scotland way more problems,” says Ian Copestake. “Like any relationship this looks like an invitation to create unnecessary drama.”
50 min There’s a decent roar as Jack Grealish appears on the big screen, prompting him to break into a smile. I think he’ll be on soon.
48 min Sterling’s low cross is taken off Foden’s toe by Robertson in the six-yard box, then Mount whistles a shot that is pushed round the post by the diving Marshall. That almost went through Marshall at the near post. It was a very sweet strike, in Marshall’s defence, and in view of the conditions I’m surprised more players haven’t had a pop from 20-25 yards.
46 min A fast start from England. Sterling slides a superb pass into the underlapping Shaw, whose low cross towards Kane is put behind by Tierney.
Thanks for all your emails by the way. I’m trying and failing to read them all. It’s not my fault, the man upstairs only gave me two eyes!
“Hmmm it’s not a world-beating display from England is it?” says Rachel Clifton, who shares a specialist subject with Sybil Fawlty. “At least I managed to find a pub that put the commentary on (English manager) and the weather is super.”
It won’t matter if they win. The first half was so similar in 1996 but nobody remembers that.
“Evening Rob,” says Stephen Carr. “It’s a game of sub-plots: Mount v Gilmour has been a smashing watch but Kane’s visible deterioration is a bit sad.”
I can’t work him out. There are times when he looks, as Andrew Hurley said, like an old man. But he also scored/made a gazillion goals last season. Maybe he’s becoming like late-period Shearer – still hugely effective against all bar the best teams.
Mount v Gilmour has been fascinating, a bit like watching best friends who secretly loathe each other.
“Perhaps a bit late to come in here, but for me it was clearly cheers
when the players took the knee,” says Colin McKenzie. “Perhaps they have some kind of boo filter on French TV.”
It’s fake boos!
The STV panel of David Moyes and John Collins are raving about the performance of Billy Gilmour. He is incredible, Glasgow’s finest Xavi tribute act, and possibly its only one.
At Euro 96, after a pretty similiar first half, Terry Venables made a proactive change and brought on Jamie Redknapp for Stuart Pearce. Gareth Southgate, who was part of the consequent reshuffle, must be tempted by something similar. Mason Mount is the only one of the front five who had a good first half.
Half time: England 0-0 Scotland
Peep peep! The referee blows after one second of added time. It’s been a tight, tense game so far, with Scotland probably just shading it. They certainly have the best player on the pitch; Billy Gilmour is also the youngest.
Both teams had one big chance. John Stones hit the post early on for England; Stephen O’Donnell drew a superb save from Jordan Pickford.
45+1 min “This can’t be doing Kane’s transfer fee any good,” says Paul Griffin. “Someone just easily ambled past him as he was chasing a ball. And he was a steward.”
44 min Scotland keep the ball for over minute, with Gilmour involved all the while. I’m slightly in awe of this kid’s temperament, never mind his talent. Eventually Adams cracks a long-range shot that hits Mings and goes behind for a corner.
42 min This isn’t news, but Billy Gilmour is a class act. He’s played two or three terrific passes, dozens of effective ones and is always offering to take the ball in tight areas. He’s 20 years old and this is his full international debut.
41 min “Kane is moving like an old man,” says Andrew Hurley. “And why are England so afraid that they play so many defensive players?”
If I kill you, I’ll have to tell you.
40 min “Hi Rob, and thanks to Matt for his concern, but I only ever drink when Scotland win a match at a major tournament finals,” says Simon McMahon. “So three in my (legal drinking age) lifetime, the last being in 1996. A big weekend that, though. It’s lasted 25 years.”
I’m very impressed that your weekends start on a Tuesday night. And that they go on for 25 years.
39 min Corner to Scotland on the left. Gilmour’s inswinging is punched away by Pickford, an effective if not entirely convincing intervention.
36 min Foden is unhappy with some of the tackles on him and has complained to the referee a few times.
35 min England have had 65 per cent possession, but both teams have had the same number of shots at goal (4) and on target (1).
34 min Mount’s imaginative pass into the area is miscontrolled on the stretch by Sterling. That was half a chance. Mount and Sterling have combined beautifully at times in this tournament.
32 min Kane plunges his studs into McGinn’s leg in his follow through. It wasn’t deliberate, and there were no complaints, but in the Premier League that would probably have led to a 12-minute VAR review.