England vs Scotland match report

England’s Eric Dier, second left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

England thumped bitter rivals Scotland 3-0 to put Gareth Southgate’s side in a commanding position at the top of Group F in World Cup Qualifying.

Both nations wore poppies on their armbands as a mark of a respect for remembrance day despite FIFA not giving clearance to do so.

The home side made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute when Sturridge – who got the nod ahead of Harry Kane up front – scored a diving header at the near post from a Kyle Walker cross.

Newcastle centre-back Grant Hanley had the away side’s best chance of the first-half when he was left unmarked at the back post from a corner, but he blazed his header over the bar.

The hosts started the second-half slowly like they did the first. James Forrest scuffed his shot wide of the post just inside the area after a cross from Rangers full-back Lee Wallace.

Moments later, Wallace galloped down the left wing again and this time pulled it back to Snodgrass, whose shot was denied by the feet of Joe Hart.

This woke England up and Tottenham left-back Danny Rose overlapped down the left-hand side before whipping the ball into the man of the match, Adam Lallana, who doubled England’s advantage.

Gary Cahill added a third on the hour mark when the Chelsea defender attacked a Wayne Rooney corner at the near post to kill the game off.

Raheem Sterling should have made it more embarrassing for under-fire Gordon Strachan when Jordan Henderson whipped the ball to the far stick but the City winger ballooned the ball over the bar from two yards.

Written by Jack Kinnersley

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