Euro 2020: England 0-0 Scotland full match reaction & quotes: Southgate admits steep learning curve

The Three Lions followed up an assured opening victory with a sluggishly frustrated performance against Steve Clarke’s heroically stubborn visitors

Gareth Southgate acknowledged that England did not do enough to win their Group D encounter with Scotland at Wembly Stadium, but added that the result will be a learning curve for his young side at Euro 2020.

The Three Lions were unable to break down a heroically stubborn defensive effort from Steve Clarke’s visitors, who heavily restricted their hosts’ delivery options throughout to earn a hard-fought point.

In the wake of a fasteur, more assured display against Croatia on Sunday, it made for a disappointing comedown on a rain-swept London night, a mood drop the England manager was quck to acknowledge


“I think it was a frustrating night, we know we can play better,” Southgate told ITV in his post-match comments. “[You’ve] got to give Scotland credit, they defended valiantly and played well.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game but the thing we have to worry about in tournament football after that is we had to make sure we didn’t lose it.”

“The whole team can look at ourselves, [and] that starts with me – we’ve got to be better. We didn’t do enough to win the game tonight, [wit] not enough attempts on goal

“We have to go away and look at that. We know it’s a disappointment for our supporters, but we have to dust ourselves down and move on.”

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