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England v Scotland: What the stats say ahead Euro 2020 cracker

This will be the 115th match between England and Scotland, and their 100th in a competitive fixture. Their only previous meeting at a major tournament was in the group stages of Euro 1996, also at Wembley; England won 2-0, with goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne. Current England head-coach Gareth Southgate played all 90 minutes.

England are facing Scotland at Wembley for the 33rd time, nearly twice as many as any other fixture involving England there (18 games vs Northern Ireland & Wales). None of the previous 32 encounters have ended goalless.

Scotland have won only one of their last 11 matches against England (D2 L8), in a European Championship qualifier at Wembley in November 1999 (1-0, goal by Don Hutchison).

The four games played between England and Scotland this century have produced 16 goals (11 for England, 5 for Scotland), an average of four goals per match.

England won their opening match at the European Championships for the first time, beating Croatia 1-0. They have won their opening two games at three previous major tournaments – the 1982, 2006 and 2018 World Cups.

England have won all six of their matches in all competitions in 2021, only the third time they’ve won their opening six matches of a calendar year (also in 1909 and 1986). They have never won their first seven in a year previously, while the Three Lions last won seven consecutive games between September 2014 and March 2015 under Roy Hodgson.

Scotland have failed to score in five of their seven matches at the European Championships. The only games in which they have found the net have been in their third and final group stage games of their two previous appearances (3-0 vs CIS in 1992, 1-0 vs Switzerland in 1996).

Scotland have the highest expected goals tally of any of the four sides in Group D so far (1.9). However, they were unable to convert any of their 19 attempts in their MD1 defeat to Czech Republic.

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Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 17 appearances for England (13 goals, 6 assists). Sterling has ended on the winning side in all 11 previous matches he has scored in for the Three Lions, the best 100%-win record in games scored in England’s entire history. He has also played the most games for England at Wembley without losing (23 – W21 D2).

Andrew Robertson created six chances for Scotland against Czech Republic on MD1, the most of any player in Group D so far. In fact, in European Championship history only Gary McAllister (16) and Gordon Durie (7) have created more chances than Robertson among Scottish players, despite those players playing at least four games more than the Liverpool defender.

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