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8 Things to Take Away From Scotland’s 3-0 Defeat to England

8 Things to Take Away From Scotland’s 3-0 Defeat to England

Scotland are now second bottom of their World Cup qualifying campaign after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to England last night.

It was a poor result against the country’s biggest rivals – and means the Tartan Army now have just four points from their first four games of the campaign.

Making it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia looks like the longest of long shots now.

So how does Scotland move on from here? Here are eight of the biggest things we’ve taken away from the loss to England at Wembley:

1. We can’t defend

Surely Scotland can produce better than Ikechi Anya, Grant Hanley and Christophe Berra? We’re not adding Lee Wallace to that because he played well last night. But the other three aren’t long-term options that will bring any success. Last night made that absolutely clear!

2. And we can’t score

Leigh Griffiths knows the way to goal, but does anyone else? It showed last night that this is a toothless Scotland attack – particularly in comparison to the way England took their three chances on the night.

3. We need to find some defenders who can pass

Watch the game back and see how many of Hanley and Berra’s passes stayed on the ground. You’d think being able to pass a ball would be a prerequisite for a football player. That obviously wasn’t the case for our two centre halves. They can’t start attacks and buckle under pressure so how can Scotland ever hope to keep any sort of regular possession? We need to find some centre backs with ability and we need to do it fast.

4. Darren Fletcher isn’t up to it

Fletcher has been a decent servant to Scotland, but last night was just another example of how he’s not the same player with the national team. Appearing for his club, Fletcher is impressive winning the ball back and passing it to better players. But he doesn’t have better players in this Scotland team and is expected to provide the quality in midfield that fans want. He hasn’t got the ability to dominate an international game from midfield. It’s time Scotland introduced some younger midfielders to help build a more dynamic and exciting young team.

5. Lee Wallace is Scotland class

Only a few got pass marks last night – and Wallace was definitely one of those. Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson are still the long term options, but Wallace proved he’s more than good enough to get in the squad regularly. A bold shout – but what about shoe-horning two of those three left backs into the team? Maybe Tierney or Robertson at left midfield?

6. Maybe Oliver Burke isn’t that good

Something doesn’t add up with Burke and Scotland at the moment. He started against Lithuania in the last qualifying round of games, but was out the squad completely for Slovakia and didn’t get off the bench last night. That’s some way to treat a player Strachan compared to Gareth Bale. Maybe he isn’t the man fans should be pinning their long-term hopes on.

7. Someone needs to set fire to that pink it

It’s hideous and unlucky. Get rid of it now.

8. Gordon Strachan’s finished as Scotland boss

One win from four qualifying games isn’t good enough – especially after the disappointment of missing out on Euro 2016. We’ll miss out on the World Cup now so someone else deserves a chance.

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