Southgate and James react as Scotland set up Euro 2020 showdown with England
England head coach Gareth Southgate passed on his congratulations to Scotland and ‘super guy’ Steve Clarke after the side’s dramatic penalty shootout victory over Serbia to secure qualification for the delayed Euro 2020.
David Marshall was the hero for Scotland with a top save to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic decisive spot-kick after Luka Jovic had cancelled out Ryan Christie’s strike in normal time at Belgrade’s Red Star Stadium.
The result ensured Scotland’s painful 23-year wait for a major tournament will come to an end next summer and Clarke’s men join old rivals England plus Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D.
The Three Lions will play host to Scotland at Wembley on June 18 and Southgate just hopes full crowds are allowed back in stadiums by the time the European Championships begin.
‘Firstly, I want to congratulate Steve Clarke, I think he’s a super guy and I’m really pleased for him and for Scotland,’ Southgate said at his press conference following England’s 3-0 friendly win over Republic of Ireland.
‘It’s been a long time for them so they’ve done really well, they have some really good young players coming through and they’re a team that are improving very quickly.
‘Let’s hope we have a full house! That would be a super occasion, although it certainly makes our life a lot more difficult.
‘Going to Hampden a couple of years ago, it was an incredible game and an incredible atmosphere so that will give everybody something to look forward to.’
Reece James is expecting a tricky clash with Scotland but is confident England will be ‘prepared’ and ‘ready’ for the occasion.
‘It’s going to be another tough game,’ the England and Chelsea right-back said.
‘There’s obviously a big rivalry there and we’re going to go out to win the game like we do every game and we know it will be tough.
‘But I’m sure we’ll be well prepared and be ready for the game.’
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