Kalvin Phillips saved for England as Liam Cooper helps Scotland to Dutch draw - Leeds United internationals round up

SCOTLAND’S Whites captain Liam Cooper was Leeds United’s sole starter as part of Wednesday’s internationals in preparation for the Euros.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 6:11 am

Seven Scotland players did not travel from the team's training base in the Spanish resort of La Finca to the Algarve where the Tartan Army took on the Netherlands and recorded a 2-2 draw.

David Marshall, Stephen O'Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn and Che Adams stayed behind after the group were found to have been in general proximity of John Fleck who returned a positive test for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Marshall, O'Donnell, Patterson, Hanley, McGinn and Adams have tested negative multiple times - including on Wednesday - since joining up with the national team last week and are not required to self-isolate.

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START: For Leeds United captain Liam Cooper, left, in Scotland's friendly against the Netherlands in Portugal which ended in a 2-2 draw. Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images.

But SFA bosses decided not to take the sextet to Portugal in order to be ultra cautious.

Cooper started and played 62 minutes as part of a back three alongside Jack Hendry and Kieran Tierney.

Hendry fired Scotland ahead in the tenth minute only for Memphis Depay to equalise three minutes later.

Cooper was then taken off two minutes after the hour mark and Scotland went back ahead two minutes later when Kevin Nisbet bagged his first goal for his country.

But Depay fired home a free-kick to net his second goal of the game with an 89th-minute free-kick.

Three other Whites players who are heading for the Euros were on the bench for their countries.

Kalvin Phillips stayed on the bench upon his recent return from a shoulder injury as England beat Austria 1-0 at the Riverside.

Seventeen-year-old Jude Bellingham was instead handed his first Three Lions start and lined up in midfield alongside West Ham's Declan Rice.

Centre midfield options Jordan Henderson and James Ward-Prowse were also on the bench.

Henderson has just returned from injury but Ward-Prowse has not been named in the Euros squad.

Bukayo Saka put England ahead from a tight angle in the 56th minute and Ward-Prowse then replaced Rice as part of a quadruple change five minutes later.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate then gave former Whites loanee Ben White an England debut as the Brighton defender replaced Jack Grealish in the 71st minute.

White went into the holding midfield role as Phillips stayed on the bench.

Having used all of their substitutes, England finished the game with ten men after Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up an injury in the closing stages and only a goal line clearance from White kept England in front.

Robin Koch was handed half an hour from the bench for Germany in their friendly against Denmark in Austria which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Florian Neuhaus put the Germans ahead two minutes into the second half but Yussuf Poulsen equalised with 19 minutes left.

United forward Tyler Roberts was on the Wales bench for their friendly against France in Nice which ended in a 3-0 defeat as the Dragons played 65 minutes with ten men.

Neco Williams was shown a straight red card after blocking Karim Benzema's volley with his arm in the 25th minute but Benzema's penalty was saved by Danny Ward.

Kylian Mbappe fired France ahead in the 35th minute and Antoine Griezmann doubled the advantage one minute after the break.

Ousmane Dembele then added a third with 11 minutes left.

Stuart Dallas is the sole Whites player involved in Thursday's internationals with Northern Ireland who take on hosts Ukraine in a friendly at 5pm.

Northern Ireland have not qualified for the Euros.

Euros-bound duo Gjanni Alioski and Diego Llorente are then likely to be in action on Friday evening for North Macedonia and Spain respectively.

North Macedonia will take on Kazakhstan in Skopje at 5pm whilst Spain face Portugal in Madrid at 6.30pm.

Wales will complete their preparations for the Euros with Saturday's 5pm kick-off against Albania at the Cardiff City Stadium which could offer minutes for Roberts.

England will then sign off with another friendly at The Riverside on Sunday at 5pm against Romania as Scotland take on hosts Luxembourg at the same time.

Germany then finish their build up on Monday evening against Latvia in Dusseldorf whilst both Poland and Spain will take in their last games before the Euros the following night.

Poland, for whom Whites midfielder Mateusz Klich is part of the squad, take on Iceland in a 5pm kick-off in Poznan whilst Spain face Lithuania in Leganes at 7.45pm.

The Euros then begin next Friday.

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Thank you Laura Collins