Gareth Southgate made six changes to his England side and they quickly established control of possession early in the match, but Marcus Rashford cutback set up Bellingham who fired waywardly from 12 yards out.
Real Madrid star Real Madrid took advantage of a disastrous Andy Robertson mistake to strike three minutes later and give England their well-deserved win.
Phil Foden’s silky opener
England’s lively teenage winger continues his club form into international competition to produce and score for Gareth Southgate’s side. Scotland attempted to test him early, but he shrugged them off with an exceptional display full of elegance and power.
Marcus Rashford fired an early shot high over the bar before setting up Bellingham for the opening goal. A Manchester City winger’s first-touch pass set Walker up for a low cross, which Bellingham deflected past Angus Gunn for an opener.
After such a rousing start, England’s midfield immediately started clicking into gear, with Foden quickly taking control of the ball when it found itself in his hands. He promptly passed it back for Walker whose cushioned diversion of low cross put England two up with less than 30 minutes played – giving the Three Lions an unshakeable lead they would never relinquish.
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Kyle Walker’s stray shot
Gareth Southgate made six changes following Saturday’s dull Euro 2024 qualifier draw with Ukraine, starting with new captain Jonny Foden being brought in from his club side Aston Villa for this Hampden showpiece. England started brightly and dominated possession; Marcus Rashford cut back was met by Foden who struck it over for their only noteworthy chance off an incredible team move which should have brought an opener but instead Ryan Porteous blocked.
Bellingham took advantage of Walker’s absence to run off of him and deliver a low cross to Angus Gunn. Southgate made two additions – Bukayo Saka and Eberechi Eze – as the home side tried to press further but Lewis Dunk miraculously blocked John McGinn’s effort with an impressive save.
Maguire made an early debut during half time and nearly handed Scotland an unlikely lifeline with an inept attempt at turning in Andy Robertson’s cross, before quickly returning as an integral figure with an outstanding clean sheet performance and regular starting status – giving his talent its due course and realizing its full potential.
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Harry Kane’s hammer blow
Gareth Southgate’s side largely maintain possession and keep the ball away from Scotland’s defence, while failing to create many chances.
32 minutes: Angus Gunn tries to punch Kieran Trippier’s ball clear but Ryan Porteous blocks his effort. John McGinn then bursts down the left wing but his cross is cut out by Lewis Dunk.
Phil Foden broke England’s deadlock in the 35th minute after some impressive collective play initiated by Jude Bellingham, before Kane doubled their advantage thanks to an exquisite Bellingham assist and scored from close range for his 32nd goal for his country and to put them three goals up at Hampden. Though hosts Scotland attempted to recover through Harry Maguire’s own goal but it proved too late and England held on. With this win remaining top of their group and regaining bragging rights over Scotland.
Harry Maguire’s own goal
Scotland had high hopes for their Euro 2024 qualifier against England at home but their celebrations were dashed when Phil Foden intercepted Kyle Walker’s wayward shot and Jude Bellingham punished an Andy Robertson error to put England 2-0 ahead.
Maguire scored his own goal in the 67th minute, shortly after being replaced by Marc Guehi and Lewis Dunk from Brighton by Gareth Southgate for this match. While trying to block Robertson’s cross, Maguire deflected it into his own net despite helpless Aaron Ramsdale.
An own goal will draw widespread condemnation online and may cost Maguire his place as a regular in the England team, although Southgate may choose him for next week’s World Cup qualifier against Croatia. But for now it marks a low moment for former Manchester United captain Maguire; hopefully his own goal won’t negatively affect the rest of his career.