England cruise past neighbours Scotland

England maintained their unbeaten start in World Cup qualifying as they eased to a 3-0 victory over neighbours Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

  • England 3 Scotland 0
  • Sturridge heads hosts in front
  • Three Lions 1-0 up at break
  • Lallana doubles lead with header
  • Cahill seals win from Rooney corner

Match Summary

Three headed goals left Gordon Strachan's side in dire straights, as they are now six points off the English, who occupy top spot after four qualifiers.

Daniel Sturridge broke the deadlock in the first half with further headers from Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill after the break securing three comfortable points for interim Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

Full Report

Scotland looked sharper in the opening stages as they surprised the hosts with a high pressing game, hoping to force a few mistakes.

The pink-clad visitors created the first chance after just three minutes when Gary Cahill cleared a cross straight into the path of Darren Fletcher, whose shot was easily dealt with by Joe Hart in the home goal.

England were appealing for a penalty in the 14th minute after Raheem Sterling went down inside the area as he collided with Lee Wallace, but the referee waved play on.

Eight minutes later there were half-hearted calls for another spot-kick when a shot from Jordan Henderson struck Leigh Griffiths on the shoulder, but it would have been a harsh decision had the ref given it.

However, two minutes later the Auld Enemy were celebrating the lead as Sturridge headed home a cross from Kyle Walker, who had collected Sterling's blocked shot before running into the box and delivering the ball for the Liverpool striker to score.

Scotland looked to respond and they went close on two occasions in quick succession on 27 minutes when Griffiths fizzed a shot just over the crossbar from the edge of the area and Grant Hanley then steered his header narrowly over from a Robert Snodgrass corner.

Fletcher threatened to equalise six minutes later after fine build-up play from the visitors, but he sliced over from the top of the box, before the ref waved away more appeals for a penalty at the other end on 38 minutes as Danny Rose went to ground under pressure from Snodgrass.

The Scots made a positive start in the second half as Ikechi Anya stabbed the ball wide of the post after being played in by Snodgrass on 48 minutes, while James Forrest also failed to hit the target from Griffiths' flick two minutes later.

Instead it was the Three Lions who scored again moments later with their first chance after the break. Rose picked out Lallana with a fine cross and the Liverpool winger sent his header flying past Craig Gordon.

James Morrison did force Hart into a save on 55 minutes with his strike from inside the area on the left, but Cahill put the result beyond doubt six minutes later as he got on the end of Rooney's corner to beat Gordon with a glancing header.

Sterling wasted the chance to further extend the hosts' lead on 72 minutes as Henderson and Lallana combined to set up the Manchester City winger, who blazed over with the goal at his mercy.

Griffiths had an opportunity to pull one back in stoppage time but sent his free-kick onto the roof of the net in what was the final action before the full-time whistle sounded.