Had already made an important, if awkward, save from Owen when, from a similar position and move, Scholes made no mistake. He had even less chance with England's second goal.
Patrolling the left-side of a three-man back line, Dailly gave away two early free-kicks before a foul on Owen earned a booking. Didn't learn the lesson, continuing in rugged fashion to give away yet more free- kicks.
Declared fit but lacking match practice (he is surplus to his club's requirements), Hendry was off the pace when isolated against Owen but tussles with Shearer ended 50-50. Scholes lost him to score the first goal.
The Everton defender had coped well with Shearer at club level a fortnight ago but the tension of international football - and playing on the right - meant a less confident performance.
On the left of the five-man midfield, stifling Beckham's crosses was his main priority and, in open play, he did that. But his fellow defenders gave away too many free-kicks in England's right- wing area.
A cool head in the midfield maelstrom, he strove to create openings by drifting wide to the left but an increasingly static attack and a packed England defence foiled him. Disappointing.
One of the few Scots in the Scottish champions' side, Ferguson, in for the injured Paul Lambert, never got his game going and was, at best, workmanlike on a day when inspiration was needed.
Busy in midfield but fortunate to stay on the field after an over- the-top tackle on Scholes. Closest he came to scoring was gettng his head to Collins' near-post, second-half corner.
Won first-half honours in his contest with the England left side of Redknapp and Neville and sent over several crosses to put the visitors under pressure. Was much less successful after the break.
Looked the likeliest source of a Scots goal. Should have done better with his best chance when an Ince-Keown mix-up put him clear but he shot tamely at Seaman. Booked and misses the return game.
Worked hard and was desperately unlucky when his precise shot looped over Seaman but bounced back off the bar. Had less space and service in the second half as England dropped back to protect their lead.
On for the final eight minutes by which time England were playing out time and were desperate for any crumb of comfort. There was none.
Subs not used
Colin Calderwood (Aston Villa), Callum Davidson (Blackburn Rovers), Iain Durrant (Kilmarnock), Neil McCann (Rangers), Jonathan Gould (Celtic), Colin Cameron (Hearts).
Manuel Diaz Vega (Spain)
Lived up to his reputation for strictness, but missed Hutchison's appalling tackle on Scholes and Weir's penalty-area trip on the same player. Booked five a side.
Generally comfortable despite doubts about his form since returning from injury. Saved at his near post from Dodds, in the centre of goal from Gallacher but was rescued by the bar when Dodds' shot beat him.
Playing on the right, Campbell never seemed under pressure in defence and his long passes from deep twice caused maximum alarm, the second of which led to Scholes' opening goal.
After a first half in which he appeared less than commanding as pressed, the Arsenal captain improved in the second period as England sat back and let the hosts batter fruitlessly at the door.
The better of the two Arsenal centre-backs on the day. Made important tackles and interceptions and shepherded the ball away from the danger areas.
The younger Neville's versatility was again put to good use, as a left wing-back, but in the first half he was pushed back by Burley. More assured in the second half.
Disappointingly anonymous, particularly in the first half. Highlights of his second-half display were two long-shots, a booking and a run to the edge of the penalty area ended by Hutchison's foul.
Took Campbell's long pass on his chest and beat Sullivan with a right-foot shot on 21 minutes; unmarked 21 minutes later, he met Beckham's corner and headed firmly past Sullivan's left hand. Match won.
The kind of game Ince was born for, he played the holding midfield role with relish. A mix-up with Keown gifted Gallacher a chance but that aside he gave little away and occasionally found time to charge forward.
The best crosser in the English game was given ample opportunity - too much, surely, from Craig Brown's point of view - to show those skills thanks to Scottish fouls rather than English creativity.
In prime goalscoring form this season, the England captain had a quiet game and was well marshalled by the defenders. He did not get a clear view of goal, even when Cole tried, and failed, to set him up.
Sharp despite his lack of games after injury, he used his speed to discomfort Hendry & Co. Should have scored from Campbell's long pass and bad control ruined a three-on-one second-half break.
On for Owen in the 67th minute, he looked hungry for the game but when he unselfishly chose to pass to Shearer instead of shoot from an acute angle 10 yards out the ball was intercepted.
Subs not used
Gareth Southgate (Aston Villa), Stephen Froggatt (Coventry City), Dennis Wise (Chelsea), Trevor Sinclair (West Ham United), Kevin Phillips (Sunderland), Nigel Martyn (Leeds United).Reuse content