The Three Lions Euro 2020 campaign got off to a winning start after they beat Croatia 1-0, but could not build on that momentum against the Tartan Army who arguably looked the better side on the night.
Though John Stones came closest with the England defender rattling the frame of the goal just over ten minutes in, Scotland spurned a number of chances to secure a shock victory, with full-back Stephen O’Donnell coming closest before his volleyed effort was saved by Jordan Pickford.
Both sides displayed contrasting emotions come the full-time whistle, with Steve Clarke’s Scotland clearly in high sprits after the game though England’s stars fell to the turf dejected as boos rung out around Wembley Stadium.
The draw hardly puts England’s place in the knockout stages in jeopardy, fans expected more from a game that saw the ‘auld enemy’ meet at a major tournament for the first time in 25 years.
Given the vast array of talent Southgate has at his disposal, most would have anticipated a comfortable England victory against a Scotland side that are the third-lowest ranked side in the competition.
Despite the underwhelming result, Manchester United and England record goal scorer Rooney called on fans to ‘get behind’ the team as the boos and jeers ‘will not make anyone play better’.
In his column for The Times, “I was at Wembley with my two oldest lads to watch England draw with Scotland and at full time stood and clapped the players off. Around us there were fans booing the team.
“It reminded me of my time playing for England, when we were jeered on more than one occasion – and I can tell you it never helped any individual play better, nor helped the team.
“I think we, as a country and England supporters, have to get behind our players. Gareth Southgate and his players did not deserve to be booed on Friday.
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“I know, 100 per cent, that they are giving everything to help England do well. Those players are young lads and I know, first hand, how hard it is wearing that England shirt and walking off to boos.
“Be patient with them. There is plenty of quality in that squad and there is still a good opportunity for England to do something at Euro 2020, so why make their task more difficult? Booing will not make anyone play better. Overreactions are not what we need.”
“Patience. Let’s get behind this team and stay behind them. There is a lot of pressure playing for England. There is no need to boo.”
A point at Wembley means Scotland still have a chance of reaching the knock-out stages should they beat Croatia on Tuesday at Hampden Park, while England can leapfrog Czech Republic into top spot with a win in the final round of group games.