As anticipation for the EURO 2020 collision between England and Scotland continues to grow, Oddschecker took to the capital to pose the question of whether any of Gareth Southgate’s players would make it into the Scottish team.
Hosted by proud Scotsman and Senior outreach manager for Oddschecker, Callum Wilson, the video was filmed amid the backdrop of thousands of buoyant Scottish fans making their presence felt in London.
As chants of ‘Super John McGinn’ could be heard for miles, fans brazenly dismissed the prospect of any Three Lions being able to get into Steve Clarke’s side ‘absolutely none – they are all pish’ stated one, as he donned the blue of Scotland.
Nonetheless, some were keen to highlight their need for a center back, identifying Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings as the man they would take, a teammate of the much-loved McGinn.
Wilson then quizzed the Tartan Army on who is better ‘McGinn or Jack Grealish’, which led to one exclamation that ‘John McGinn is the best center midfielder in the world’.
The Oddschecker presenter followed up by heading to Wembley to gain a greater insight into how much knowledge England fans had of the Scotland squad. The myriad of answers he was greeted with when he asked passers by to name a Scotland player can only lead to the belief that the knowledge of Friday’s opponents is very limited.
Whilst a few drew on Premier League names, Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay, many were left baffled at the prospect of naming a member of Clarke’s team.
Ryan Carlson, London Dykes and 80s rugby player Gavin Hastings were a few of the names that were brought out as fans did their best to pick out a Scottish player.
It comes ahead of a game where the stakes couldn’t be higher, as a defeat for Scotland in their opening match against the Czech Republic means an England win all but condemns them to elimination.
On the other hand, Southgate’s side will be eyeing continued momentum and a guaranteed spot in the last 16 as they build on a positive win over Croatia in their tournament opener.
Meanwhile, 888Sport pondered a similar question on their preview show ‘A Tenner Says’, asking whether any Scottish players would make the England squad?
Thinking over his answer, Spurs fan Expressions claimed that he’d be ‘amazed if the commentator knew the name of the full Scotland team’.
Rory Jennings revealed his belief that none of the current crop of Scots make it into England’s eleven, leading to a passionate rebuttal from CJ Novo, who lauded the credentials of Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney.
Before explaining that he is one of the few people at the table that feels Robertson ‘could make the England team’, Comedian Stevo the Madman stated that he is so sure England won’t lose, if Scotland get the win he will don a kilt.