Football: Euro 2000: England v Scotland: How the teams compared
Thursday 18 November 1999
Was not required to make a save before Don Hutchison opened the scoring and then could only palm the ball over the line. Was not particularly at fault for the goal, but was certainly not at his commanding best for his country. Made a great reaction save from Christian Dailly's header. Marks: 6/10
Playing on the right side, he looked troubled at times when tracking back. More confident going forward, he made several forays as far as the Scotland box but his incursions were foiled by defenders or a lack of support.
Showing his versatility at left-back, the Manchester United player looked sure footed most of the time but moved forward with little confidence and found the pace of Billy Dodds and Neil McCann unsettling. 6/10
Combative as ever his power was often under utilised, and one or two flick-ons aside made his biggest contribution by getting himself booked for a slightly rash challenge on McCann. 5/10
Covered more turf than was strictly his responsibility. In doing so, he mostly nullified the threat of McCann and found plenty of chances to intimidate with his power in the air. Superb tackle denied Dodds late on. 7/10
Often anonymous, perhaps because he had little to do in the first half. Made one important block after 28 minutes as Craig Burley attempted to thread a cross to Dodds in the six-yard box. 6/10
A run down the left after 20 minutes exemplified his persistence and speed but the move broke down through tight marking. Showed glimpses of his crossing ability but not given much room to operate by Callum Davidson and was pegged further and further back as the game went on. 7/10
Performing a dual role at times of distributor and defender, he cut off early Scotland attacks at the halfway line and channelled the ball thoughtfully to both wings. Narrowly missed with a 10th-minute drive. 6/10
One speculative shot from 40 yards in the first half was nowhere near the target. A goal was disallowed as he was too physical as he rose with Neil Sullivan later. Missed a sitter after 52 minutes. 5/10
Showed no shortage of pace early in the game but was too ambitious at times, as in the sixth minute when a dribble down the left ended in a shot but went well wide. Several runs foiled by tight marking. 7/10
Demonstrated some good communication with his Liverpool team-mate, Michael Owen, before the latter was substituted but often lacked the precision accuracy and timing to pick out his man to the best effect. 6/10
Had no clear chances after surprisingly replacing Owen after 62 minutes. Worked hard but was shackled by Colin Hendry.
Most valuable contribution was to waste the time it took to get him on the pitch for Scholes.
Wimbledon's goalkeeper had nothing much to do in the first half, although he occasionally looked shaky when the England wide men managed to get behind the back-line and he was fortunate he was not punished for dropping a first half catch Marks: 6/10
The Everton midfielder looked unsure of himself on the right at times. He did, however, make some very valuable contributions to taming Michael Owen. More assured and willing to press forward after Scotland had taken the lead. 7/10
Largely anonymous in the first half he grew in confidence after Don Hutchison's goal and gave a reasonable account of himself down the left, where he managed to pester David Beckham quite effectively. 7/10
Mostly anonymous in the first half, but performed a steady job of keeping tabs on Paul Scholes and grew with confidence. Not as aggressive as usual but seemed to benefit through greater composure. 7/10
The epitome of a captain he showed few signs of his recent injury and busied himself by marshalling his troops and leading from the back. Made some fine headed clearances. Fought for every ball and won most of them. Kept Alan Shearer out of the game for the most part. 8/10
Headed over the bar in the 13th minute. Looked unsure of himself at times, giving the ball away. Boosted by the goal and busied himself with the task of winning possession in midfield. 8/10
The middle man of a three-striker front-line, he showed speed and positional sense but too often lacked service especially early on. Shot narrowly wide on the half hour. Was the subject of some dogged attention from Tony Adams 7/10
After a slow start he demonstrated speed and a good positional sense to create chances. Good communication with Don Hutchison and created one chance that Neil McCann wasted. 7/10
Could have put his side in front after 12 minutes but lost his footing after a neat move involving Hutchison and Burley broke down. Made amends by supplying Hutchison for the opener. 7/10
Made his case for his place in a three-man attack with some pacy runs. Let down by his partners at times but still managed to shock England with a fine header to take the lead after 39 minutes. 8/10
Made the best of his limited possession to exert influence in midfield and create space in which his side's three-man attack could break from. An experienced and capable foil for Paul Ince. 7/10
With little more than 15 minutes left when he came on the Celtic striker had little time and few chances to make any impact of note.
Player assessments by Nick Harris
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