Gareth Southgate called on supporters to stick with the players after some England fans booed the team following the lacklustre goalless European Championship draw against old rivals Scotland.
Having impressively beaten World Cup semi-final foes Croatia on Sunday, the Three Lions knew they would progress to the knockout phase with a game to spare by winning Friday’s auld enemy showdown.
But uninspired England fell well short of expectations against the wounded Scots, with John Stones’ early header off the woodwork the best they could muster in a 0-0 draw at a partially filled Wembley.
Scotland made life tough under the arch, with Stephen O’Donnell denied superbly by Jordan Pickford in the first half and Lyndon Dykes seeing an effort cleared off the line in the second period.
The Tartan Army celebrated the boost to their last-16 hopes at the full-time whistle, whereas a number of England supporters among the restricted 20,306 crowd at Wembley booed their players.
“I think the timing of our movement, rotation patterns, could have been better at times,” Southgate said when asked about the issue creating opportunities on Friday evening.
“I think we could have been a bit more decisive in our decision making in those areas, but I think Scotland defended those areas really well.
“Even towards the end, the one against one situations, they always had a second or third man across.
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