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Five key talking points from Scotland 1-3 England
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Toby Rathborne
England celebrate scoring against Scotland
England celebrate scoring against Scotland

Jude Bellingham starred to guide England to a 3-1 win over Scotland at an electric Hampden Park. 

Phil Foden put the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute by directing Kyle Walker's wayward strike into the back of the net. 

Bellingham doubled the lead moments later when he capitalised on a mistake from Andy Robertson to power home from close range. 

As England took control in the second half, Harry Maguire turned Robertson's cross into his own net to breathe new life into Scotland. 

However, Harry Kane slotted home Bellingham's brilliant through-ball to secure a memorable win for the Three Lions. 

Here are the five talking points.

Jude's on a roll

Bellingham scored to make it six goals in his last six games for club and country, continuing a red-hot streak. 

Real Madrid's marquee summer signing was a constant threat in and around the box, showing great composure to unlock Scotland's defensive low block. 

For England's third, he illustrated great press resistance to evade his marker and an incredible weight of pass to play Kane one-on-one — underlining a complete performance.

Foden thrives

Phil Foden celebrates scoring the opening goal with Kyle Walker
Phil Foden celebrates scoring the opening goal with Kyle Walker

Foden impressed under the heavy Hampden Park pressure. 

The Manchester City star showed quick reactions for the opening goal to direct Walker's powerful effort into the back of the net. 

He held possession for England, made dangerous crosses into the box and provided width to open spaces for scoring opportunities.

His strong showing adds to the selection headache for Gareth Southgate, who has a plethora of attacking talents at his disposal.

Southgate rings the changes

After a disappointing outing against Ukraine, Southgate made six rotations to his starting line-up — a decision which paid off for the England boss. 

Kieran Trippier and Lewis Dunk slotted seamlessly into the back four, dealing with the physicality of Scotland's attack and denying them a single shot on target.

Going forward, Marcus Rashford and Foden offered attacking brilliance while also posing questions of the Scotland defence — a missing trait against Ukraine.

Slam Dunk

Lewis Dunk had a solid showing in defence for England
Lewis Dunk had a solid showing in defence for England

Brighton captain Dunk was given the nod to start and put on an impressive display.

The 31-year-old completed a strong five clearances, won four aerial duels and successfully made 92 passes.

Dunk showed grit at the back by putting his body on the line to defend the England penalty area and composure in possession when playing out the back — strengthening his case for a starting spot.

England quality

While England did not make it easy to win the game when half-time substitute Maguire scored an own goal to bring Scotland within one, the difference in quality showed.

Their intricate play in attack was devastating, and defensively they denied any clear-cut chances, imposing their strength on Steve Clarke's side — who had been on an impressive five-game winning streak.

After the match, Southgate expressed his delight with the Three Lions' performance.

He said: "Really pleased. I thought we were excellent in all phases of the game right from the start. 

"We wanted to control the game by using the ball well and I thought we did that well. Today the players No1 to 11, and the subs, it was one of those days when they all did well. 

"At the weekend Ukraine sat really deep and we found it hard to create chances but today we had runners through."


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