Wembley frustration for Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips and England in lethargic stalemate with Scotland

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips and England suffered Wembley frustration in a lethargic 0-0 draw with Scotland.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 9:54 pm
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 9:56 pm
BORE DRAW - Early intensity drained out of England's Wembley clash with Scotland as the two sides settled for a 0-0 draw. Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips played 90 minutes to earn his 10th cap. Pic: Getty

The 25-year-old partnered Declan Rice once again in Gareth Southgate's midfield, becoming the 13th Whites player to reach the 10-cap mark for England while at the club.

It was the same midfield role as the one he played so impressively in the opening game against Croatia, but neither he nor England could match their performance levels from that win.

In a frenetic start Phillips came up with a big block on the edge of his own area to halt a spell of Scottish pressure. He was also quickly into the habit of bursting forward to give England a presence high up the pitch, albeit without causing any damage.

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His ball over the top from deep created a shooting chance for Phil Foden, who put the ball wide before the offside flag went up.

The Three Lions came closest to an early opener when Mason Mount's corner was met by an unmarked John Stones, the centre-half only able to head onto the woodwork.

At the other end Che Adams saw a shot blocked and Stephen O'Donnell's volley was well saved by Jordan Pickford.

Southgate's men struggled to break the visitors down, the early intensity draining from the game as it went on and a lack of creativity hampering England in the final third. Harry Kane looked subdued and had little impact up front, although the service to him was poor.

In the second half Reece James hammered a shot just past the post then had to head off his own line from Lyndon Dykes' strike.

Southgate sent on Jack Grealish for Phil Foden to try and inject some life into the England attack and then replaced Kane with Marcus Rashford with a quarter of an hour left but it did little to change the pattern of the game.

Scotland continued to carry a threat, despite struggling to create clear cut chances and Phillips had to be alert and physical to block substitute Stuart Armstrong's route to goal as he twisted and turned in the area.

There was one final opportunity for an England winner, a mad scramble in the Scotland area causing chaos before John McGinn saved the day with a clearance.

The result leaves the Three Lions second in Group D, level on points with leaders the Czech Republic but with an inferior goal difference.

Scotland remain bottom of the table with one point and will need to beat Croatia in their final game to stand any chance of going through to the knockout stages.