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Euro 2020 | England and Scotland share the spoils at Wembley

The Euro 2020 clash between England and Scotland has ended in a scoreless draw at Wembley Stadium.

Both nations had big chances to win the Group D match in London, but were forced to settle for a point apiece.

John Stones hit the post with an early header for England, while Che Adams, Stephen O'Donnell and Lyndon Dykes all went close for Steve Clarke's visitors.

The Three Lions are now second in the group behind the Czech Republic - who drew 1-1 with Croatia earlier on Friday - and Scotland are joint-third with Croatia on one point.

Scotland, who can still qualify with a win in their final group game against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday, almost took an early lead against Gareth Southgate's hosts.

John McGinn played in O'Donnell down the right flank, and the wing back's cross found Adams in the box, but Stones produced a fine block to stop Adams' goal-bound effort from 10 yards.

Stones then crashed a free header against the post from eight yards from Mason Mount's corner in the 12th minute.

Moments later, Mount could not adjust his feet in time to convert Raheem Sterling's clever low cross; the Chelsea midfielder side-footing his effort wide.

Kieran Tierney fired a speculative right-footed volley over in the 22nd minute as Scotland continued to cause England plenty of problems.

Phil Foden shot narrowly wide after taking a long ball down with an exquisite touch, with the linesman's offside flag going up seconds after the Manchester City midfielder flashed his effort off target.

Southgate's side largely looked insipid in attack, with captain Harry Kane struggling and notably off the pace in the London rain.

Jordan Pickford produced a brilliant diving save to keep O'Donnell's fizzed back-post volley out on the half hour mark, with Adams heading the rebound high and wide.

England started the second half with improved intensity, with Scotland captain Andy Robertson making a crucial interception to beat Foden to Sterling's low cross.

Mount then forced Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall to parry a powerful drive behind for a corner.

In the 55th minute, Kane found Reece James on the edge of the box, but the Chelsea defender blazed his effort over from a good position. James then made a huge contribution at the other end five minutes later, heading Dykes' instinctive volley off the line following a Scotland corner.

England had another let off in the 78th minute when Adams shot wildly off target at the back post from Robertson's cross.

Southgate turned to substitutes Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford (brought on for Foden and Kane), but England remained flat and lacking creativity.

The hosts did almost grab the lead in stoppage time after a scramble in the box, but Scott McTominay and McGinn eventually did enough to clear the ball to safety.

Boos rang out at full time as both sides had to settle for a point.

England will win Group D if they defeat Czech Republic on Tuesday, while Scotland could still qualify either in second or as a best-placed third team if they can beat Croatia.

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