Even with the Premier League’s highest scorer, England was unable to defeat Scotland. Perhaps Harry Kane was both a problem and a solution.
Kane is one of the game’s ultimate goal threats for both Tottenham and England on his best days. However, in Friday’s 0-0 draw between the two nations at the European Championship, the slow striker never came close to scoring.
Despite the fact that the England captain hardly touched the ball during his 60th game for his club and country, coach Gareth Southgate stuck with him for 74 exhausting minutes at Wembley Stadium.
He appeared as fatigue as England did while facing the tenacious and well-organized Scots, who lost their Group D opening to the Czech Republic but still have a chance to move to the round of 16.
With an average age of 25 years, 31 days – the youngest ever fielded by England at a major tournament — Kane was the oldest outfield player in an England team.
In the rain at Wembley, both teams had chances to score.
In the 11th minute, England’s John Stones hit the post with a header, and Scotland’s Lyndon Dykes had a shot cleared off the line by Reece James in the 63rd minute.
England’s qualification for the round of 16 isn’t in threat, as the top two teams from each of the six groups, as well as the four best third-place teams, are all assured to advance.
England and the Czech Republic each have four points. On Tuesday, the Czech Republic will visit Wembley, while Scotland will face Croatia.