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Euro 2020: Chris Sutton's player form guide for England vs Scotland

Published on: 17 June 2021

It's the big one on Friday night as England face Scotland in both their second Group D encounters at Wembley.

England come into the match on a high after beating Croatia 1-0 in their opening match, while Scotland's mood contrasts significantly following their 2-0 defeat by Czech Republic on Monday.

Ahead of the spectacle, Sportsmail columnist CHRIS SUTTON rates the two likely line-ups.

ENGLAND (4-3-3)JORDAN PICKFORD - 7

Straightforward opener against Croatia, although John Stones wasn't too happy when Pickford was launching long balls instead of playing out from the back.

KYLE WALKER - 8

Got his work cut out against Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney. Consistent as ever as England made it a winning start to Euro 2020.

JOHN STONES - 8

No Harry Maguire, no problem. Stones led from the back superbly against Croatia and that can only stand him in good stead.

TYRONE MINGS - 7

Answered his array of critics last time out, and bound to get the nod over Conor Coady and Ben White again.

KIERAN TRIPPIER - 6

England can lack balance when using a right-footer at left back, and I'm still not sure it's the right way to go.

KALVIN PHILLIPS - 8

Positively commanding performance in midfield - the type which said 'drop me at your peril' to Gareth Southgate. I'd be starting him against Scotland.

DECLAN RICE - 8

He does what he does so effectively, and it can go unnoticed. England's midfield wouldn't be the same without Rice in it.

MASON MOUNT - 8

Easy to see why he's one of the first names on Southgate's team sheet. Maximum effort is a given from the Chelsea man.

PHIL FODEN - 8

You heard the Wembley roar when Foden was on the ball. This England prospect is always worth getting excited about.

HARRY KANE - 8

He's probably annoyed that he endured a low-key opening to Euro 2020. Kane will want to get himself that goal now.

RAHEEM STERLING - 8

Those who criticised Southgate for starting Sterling against Croatia were made to eat their words. He got the winner, and proved a point.

ENGLAND TOTAL: 84 OUT OF 110SCOTLAND (3-5-2)DAVID MARSHALL - 7

Criticised for his positioning for Patrik Schick's wonder-strike but usually a safe pair of hands. Penalty-save hero to get Scotland to these Euros.

GRANT HANLEY - 7

Great season for Norwich as he helped them finish top of the Championship. Didn't do much wrong against the Czechs.

LIAM COOPER - 7

Leader at the back for Leeds. Scotland need him to bring those same leadership qualities into the their backline now.

KIERAN TIERNEY - 8

Badly missed against the Czechs. Scotland were a totally different team without his presence down that left. Big boost to have him back in.

NATHAN PATTERSON - 7

Confident, athletic and a great prospect. This teenager hasn't played too many times as a wing-back in his career but he won't be fazed.

JOHN McGINN - 7

A big game-player for Scotland in recent times and the Scots need his tenacity and presence in midfield now more than ever.

SCOTT McTOMINAY - 7

Disappointing against the Czechs. Needs to protect the three centre backs while also getting on the ball to make Scotland tick.

STUART ARMSTRONG - 7

Great drive and determination but needs to win the battle in that midfield area. Used to facing Premier League quality with Southampton at least.

ANDY ROBERTSON - 8

Along with Tierney, probably the only two players who would stand a chance of getting into the England squad. Normally doesn't disappoint for his country.

LYNDON DYKES - 5

Bullied by the Czechs after starting as a lone striker ahead of Che Adams. Scotland need him holding the ball up to get them up field.

CHE ADAMS - 6

Should have started the last game. Scotland's best all-round striker who will stretch England's back line and can link up well with Dykes.

SCOTLAND TOTAL: 76 OUT OF 110

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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