World Cup qualifier

Scots fall short as Strachan again called to account

sport-footballWorld Cup qualifier – England 3 Scotland 0

Apart from the usual gung-ho Scottish media no one really expected Scotland to take three points from even an England team struggling for form.

In fact, the result was regarded as a fair reflection of the difference between two teams with different expectations. England simply always expect to win.

Scotland at least remained in the game at half time, trailing by a single goal and theoretically still in with a chance of getting something out of the match.

But once again, poor finishing and a general lack of any cutting edge was the undoing of the visitors.

For the hosts, this result may confirm Gareth Southgate’s position, though there will be concerns that England are on course to go unbeaten in qualifying again, only to underperform in 2018.

The Scottish FA would love to have that problem as this result leaves Scotland almost certain to be eliminated from yet another tournament.

After the optimistic headlines of recent days the media will once again turn to speculation over Gordon Strachan’s future, although it is not obvious who might do a better job.

Scorers: Sturridge (24′), Lallan (50′), Cahill (61′)

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