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Bellingham Stars as England Rout Scotland

Bellingham Stars as England Rout Scotland

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Jude Bellingham was the star of the show, scoring a goal and providing an assist, as England continued their 24-year unbeaten streak against Scotland in a 3-1 friendly victory, celebrating the 150th anniversary of their first encounter.

Phil Foden and Harry Kane also scored goals as the England team silenced the home crowd at Hampden Park and put an end to Scotland’s five-game winning streak on Tuesday.

The home team had great expectations of achieving a memorable victory in the oldest international football match, especially after their impressive wins against Spain and Erling Haaland’s Norway in recent months. These victories had brought them closer to qualifying for Euro 2024.

However, Scotland had a disappointing evening as England displayed a clear difference in class. Jude Bellingham stood out among Gareth Southgate’s players, showcasing his excellence in the number 10 position, a role he has excelled in for Real Madrid during the early weeks of the season.

“It’s just a freedom role really,” said Bellingham. “I know it depends on the system we play and we’ve got so many amazing players to accommodate. The team comes first always. I really enjoyed playing in that position today.”


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Southgate celebrated the 116th meeting between the two teams as the rekindling of a “significant sporting rivalry” just before the match. However, the negative aspects of the hostility between the two groups of fans were evident even before the game began.

Following a chorus of booing that drowned out the English national anthem, the minute’s silence held in honor of former Scotland manager Craig Brown was disrupted by the away fans.

Once the match began, Scotland found themselves in a subordinate position, even though it took England more than half an hour to translate their superiority into goals on the scoreboard.

In his pre-match remarks, Southgate had raised doubts about Phil Foden’s future as a central midfielder. However, Foden, who had initially started on the right, made a clever move into a central position and scored his fourth international goal, opening the scoring.

Kyle Walker, who had recently scored his first goal for England against Ukraine, played the role of creator this time, delivering a well-placed cross that was skillfully converted into a goal by his Manchester City teammate.

Just two minutes later, Scotland’s hopes were dashed due to a mistake they made themselves. Andy Robertson’s poor control inside his own penalty area gave Jude Bellingham an opportunity that was almost impossible to miss, especially considering his current form. The 20-year-old midfielder has been in outstanding form since his move to Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund, scoring six goals in as many games for both club and country this season.

Scotland increased their intensity after halftime and managed to score, but it was another unfortunate moment for Harry Maguire. The beleaguered Manchester United center-back inadvertently directed Robertson’s cross into his own net with 23 minutes remaining.

John McGinn then missed a golden opportunity to equalize by heading the ball over the goal. However, England soon regained control of the game, with Jude Bellingham orchestrating the midfield. Angus Gunn made an excellent save to deny substitute Eberechi Eze his first international goal, but he couldn’t prevent Harry Kane from scoring his 59th international goal after a skillful run from Bellingham exposed the Scotland defense.


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