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Scotland 1-3 England

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After Friday night’s victory over the Republic of Ireland, Scotland were on a high and were confident of getting a result against the Auld Enemy. However, England had other ideas and a first half goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and a second half double from Wayne Rooney secured a comfortable and deserved victory, despite Andy Robertson scoring his first ever international goal – scant consolation.

Before the game kicked off, it was clear this was no friendly, as both sets of supporters booed the respective national anthems.

England started the game brightly and had the first clear chance on goal through Arsenal striker, Danny Welbeck, but he could only shoot straight at Scotland keeper David Marshall and despite the Cardiff City keeper failing to keep a hold of the ball, the visitors could not capitalise on it.

Much of Scotland’s best play came down the left wing with Andy Robertson and Ikechi Anya looking encouraging, but despite this glimmer of hope, Scotland failed miserably in the final third with Fraser Forster a mere spectator throughout.

It was no great surprise that England took the lead just after the half hour mark. A perfectly flighted ball from Jack Wilshere was met perfectly by Arsenal teammate Oxlade-Chamberlain, to glance the ball past the prone David Marshall to the delight of the visiting support.

Scotland made three changes at half time, taking off influential skipper Scott brown, Chris Martin and keeper David Marshall. In their place Darren Fletcher, James Morrison and Craig Gordon came on – with the latter making his first Scotland appearance for four years but it wasn’t a great start for the Celtic keeper.

Just two minutes after coming on, Gordon was picking the ball out of the back of his net.

A cynical foul from Charlie Mulgrew on Oxlade Chamberlain gifted England a free kick in a dangerous area. From the set piece, James Milner flighted the ball into the six yard box which was dealt with by Scotland. Luke Shaw fired the ball back into the six yard box only for it to be deflected off Robertson and into the path of Rooney to head home from four yards out.

With a raft of changes being made by both sides, Scotland pulled a goal back to give Strachan’s side hope of getting something out the game.

Andy Robertson scored his first international goal with seven minutes remaining. The Hull City full back picked up the ball on the left wing before driving towards the England goal, he played the ball to Johnny Russell who laid it back to the 20-year-old burying it between Forster and the near post.

With the Scotland fans still celebrating and hoping for an equaliser, England snuffed out any chance of the Scots getting back into the game less than a minute after Robertson’s goal.

Poor defending once more at the back gifted Adam Lallana space and time in the box to lay a ball off perfectly to Wayne Rooney to fire past Gordon to make it 3-1 and put the game to bed for good.

As the final whistle sounded, the visiting support were rightfully celebrating a deserved win for England. As for Scotland, the players trudged off the park knowing they had been soundly beaten and whether the exertions of Friday night against the Republic of Ireland took their toll or not – all the pre-match talk about the Scotland side being ‘up for the game’ and looking to give England a tough test – proved to be empty words as England were rarely troubled.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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