Steve Clarke has named his side for Scotland’s crucial Group D match against England at Wembley. Following the poor defeat to the Czech Republic at Hampden on Monday, Clarke knows that his side need to take something from this game if they are to qualify for the Round of 16. The ex-Kilmarnock manager has decided to make a couple of changes from the team that were beaten 2-0 on match day one. He appears to have followed The Celtic Star’s advice and recalled Callum McGregor.
In goals, David Marshall starts despite being criticised for his positioning at the second Czech goal.
In defence, Clarke has decided to play Manchester United’s Scott McTominay in the right centre-back slot with Grant Hanley and ex-Celt Kieran Tierney playing as the back three. Jack Hendry and Liam Cooper drop out.
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson will play at left wingback as he hopes to captain the side to a famous win at the home of English football. Stephen O’Donnell, who looked utterly shellshocked in the defeat on Monday, looks to rectify his horror show with a performance on Scotland’s right flank.
In midfield, Callum McGregor is recalled after being benched for the opener. McGregor is joined by Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour, who makes his first start.
In attack, Clarke has decided to drop Ryan Christie to the bench and start Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes.
On the bench: Gordon, McLaughlin, Christie, Fleck, Cooper, Armstrong, Nisbet, Fraser, Patterson, Hendry, Fraser and McKenna.
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It is an aggressive line-up but with a result needed, Clarke is taking a big risk keeping O’Donnell in the side.
Come on Scotland!