Southgate responds as Scotland book Euros showdown with England at Wembley

Gareth Southgate says England’s Euro showdown with Scotland can give the whole nation a lift – and is desperate for fans at Wembley to see it.

England boss Southgate, whose side beat Republic of Ireland, will face Scotland at Wembley next June after the Tartan Army qualified for the Euros with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win in Serbia.

Southgate said: “We all know what those sort of occasions are like – we just hope the fans are there to see it.

“I would like to congratulate Steve Clarke and his squad and it will be great occasion an my hope is that we will have a full house at Wembley to see it.

“It’s been such a difficult time for everyone in the country and I just hope it will give everyone something to look forward to because these games are great occasions.”

England defender Reece James said: “It’s going to be another tough game, it’s a big rivalry. We will go out to win the game like we do with every game.”

Southgate hopes fans can return next summer

Southgate was delighted with last night’s win as Jack Grealish starred again while Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were on target.

Southgate added: “I was really pleased with the way the boys played, a lot of young players, a lot of inexperience but we used the ball well and created chances. We could have been more comfortable but overall really pleased,” said Southgate.

England were too good for the Irish

“We were a bit slow at the start but that is understandable, it is not a team with a lot of time to work together so the longer they went on the interplay and the play between out attacking 10s and wing-backs were very good especially down the left side with Bukayo Saka and Jack and then Mason Mount. I was very pleased.

“There are a lot of other players in the squad as well, so we’ve got great competition for places.

“They were in different roles in this game and can both play in a few different roles.”

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has returned to Manchester United after failing to recover from injury which kept him out of the Ireland game.

Conor Coady has also had to return to Wolves after coming into contact with someone on the Government’s track and trace system. He has returned two negative tests.

Southgate said: “It’s a bizarre world we live in. He came into contact with someone before he arrived.

“He’s had to isolate even though he might not be at risk. He’s bitterly disappointed.”

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