Published 18 June 2021 2 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Kane: 'A fair result'

Written by:

Dom Smith

England skipper says a point apiece was the right outcome after game with Scotland 

England captain Harry Kane was left to reflect on a disappointing 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley on Friday evening. 

The fixture between the Three Lions and Scotland was only the second meeting in a major tournament between international football’s two oldest sides.

But in the 115th edition of the fixture, it was the first at Wembley to end goalless.

Kane was complimentary of England’s opponents, who earned their first point of EURO 2020 by keeping a clean sheet against Gareth Southgate’s side.

“They defended really well and created a few chances themselves,” said Kane.

“It wasn't our best performance, but we're another point closer to qualification and that's the ultimate goal for us now. We've got to dust ourselves down, recover well, and look forward to another game in a few days.”

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was confident that there doesn’t need to be an inquest into the fact England didn’t take all three points from the match.

“It was just a tough game," he added. "Scotland defended really well; they made some great blocks at the right times when we did have chances, and that's football.

"We're playing in the European Championships, so we know no game is going to be easy. Scotland are playing for their lives in this tournament and you saw that today.”

The bigger picture for the Three Lions is that they sit second in the group on goal difference to Czech Republic, who they will face in their final group game in Tuesday.

Even before that game though, England’s four points racked up over their opening two games almost certainly sends them through to the round of 16.

“We've got a big game in a few days against the Czechs, and obviously we want to finish top,” said Kane. “It's a point tonight; it's not what we wanted but we're one step closer to qualifying and that's our main aim. It's one step at a time, and we'll go again.”

The game with Czech Republic will now pit Group D’s two leading teams together, with the Wembley fixture kicking-off at 8pm on Tuesday 22 June when Southgate and Kane will hope to return to winning ways and finish top of the group.