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Charlie Nicholas predicts Dele Alli to score in Scotland vs England

11 Juin 2017

Scotland were seconds away from beating the "old enemy" England in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday but despite ending up with a 2-2 draw manager Gordon Strachan had only words of admiration for his players.

England were heading for a first qualifying defeat since October 2009 after Leigh Griffiths struck two fine late free-kicks to wipe out substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 70th-minute opener. You have to think your way through games, interceptions and being courageous on the ball.

No chances were created for him, but he took the two opportunities that came his way with devastating accuracy from free-kicks 25 yards out.

He stated that, Scotland do not have players in significant positions to hurt England.

The dilemma for Gordon Strachan was where best to place Kieran Tierney. He now follows in the footsteps of modern day greats such as John Terry, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney in captaining the Three Lions.

When England were likely to be sending out Marcus Rashford, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, Scotland needed as much pace in their side as Strachan could muster.

Shortly after, Kane failed to sort out his feet after Adam Lallana brilliantly weaved his way into the area to set up the Tottenham striker.

"The middle three at the back were absolutely phenomenal, phenomenal".

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The former Three Lions defender was on the bench when England won 2-0 at Hampden Park in 1999 and ultimately enjoyed another positive 90 minutes although he was sweating before Kane popped up.

Scotland ought to have been most competitive in midfield.

On 29 minutes Gordon nearly gifted an opener to England when he raced out of his area to make a headed clearance from Eric Dier's ball over the top.

SCOTLAND started a run of three wins out of four against England after Joe Jordan and an own goal from Colin Todd earned victory before Jimmy Johnstone's v-sign at the press. Morrison took a knock early on and never really recovered, needing to be replaced at half-time.

Two changes were made from the side that defeated Slovenia 1-0 in March with Christophe Berra and Ikechi Anya replacing Russell Martin and James Forrest.

However Redknapp was still not happy with what he saw and concurred Graeme Souness' view that Scotland were on top after half time.

The wall didn't jump for first free-kick that flew in before they jumped for the second one - but the ball went in between Eric Dier's and Chris Smalling's heads. Yet that will feel like only a small consolation.