ENGLAND DUO DOUBTFUL FOR SCOTLAND GAME
England will check on the fitness of both John Stones and Harry Kane ahead of the home nations derby with Scotland on Friday after they picked up respective knocks in the game against Croatia at the weekend at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament.
Manchester City defender Stones started the Croatia game as one of the two centre backs for England. He partnered Aston Villa player Tyrone Mings at the heart of the defence in the absence of Manchester United star Harry Maguire and he helped the Three Lions of England keep a clean sheet against reigning World Cup finalists Croatia. Stones picked up a knock towards the end of the game.
Just like Stones, Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane picked up his knock in the second half of the Croatia game. Kane was largely kept quiet by the Croatian defence throughout the game though he could have doubled the lead for England in the second half but his shot went over the bar with a few yards away from goal. Kane picked up the knock in the process of trying to convert the chance.
Spurs striker Kane started as the lone man upfront for the Three Lions of England but he didn't have the best of games. With Kane largely ineffective, Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Philips stepped up for England.
Philips was the best player on the pitch and he provided the assist for England to take the lead through Sterling in the second half. The goal from Sterling was enough to give England victory in their opening game at Euro 2020 tournament.
England fans would be hoping that both Stones and Kane are fully fit to take on Scotland in their second group game in Group D on Friday. Scotland lost their opening game at the tournament at the hands of Czech Republic. The Scottish team lost 2-0 at home to Czech Republic.