Scotland qualified for this summer’s tournament after qualifying via one of the several Play-Off systems. Having squeezed through the semi-final stage, beating Israel 5-3 on penalties at Hampden Park, following a 0-0 draw on 8th October 2020, they again had to decide the Final in a penalty shoot-out.
They dramatically drew 1-1 with Serbia on 12th November 2020, after failing to establish a winning team in extra-time, eventually won 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out.
Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie was one of the hero’s that night, successfully despatching one of those five penalties. However, both McBurnie and his fellow Blades striker partner Oliver Burke will be absent from Euro 2020 due to injury.
Scotland coach Steve Clark has, however, called up Blades midfielder John Fleck to this summer’s squad, as well as former Sheffield United striker Che Adams. They have also called up Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, brother of Stephen McGinn who was formerly on the books at Bramall Lane. Due to a recent positive Covid test, Fleck, which forced him to miss the warm-up matches, is rated as a long shot in appearing in their opening fixture.
This year’s European Championships will be Scotland’s third time in the tournament. The last time they qualified was in 1996 (1992 before that!). They have yet to advance past the group stages in either tournament but with two teams advancing automatically from each group, as well as possibly qualifying as one of the best third-placed teams, Scotland has a decent opportunity of advancing beyond the groups’ stages this time around.
All of their group fixtures will be staged in the United Kingdom, with their spiritual home, Hampden Park (Glasgow), being used to host two fixtures. They open the campaign against the Czech Republic tomorrow in Glasgow at 14:00, before descending on Wembley to face England four days later. They end their Group D fixtures back in Glasgow against Croatia on 22nd June, where they hope that victory will lead them to qualification onto the next round.
Full Scotland Squad
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon, David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin
Defenders: Liam Cooper, Declan Gallagher, Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Andy Robertson, Greg Taylor, Kieran Tierney
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, John Fleck, Billy Gilmour, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Scott McTominay, David Turnbull
Forwards: Che Adams, Lyndon Dykes, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Kevin Nisbet
Scotland Group D Fixtures
14 June 2021 – Scotland v Czech Republic @ Hampden Park, Glasgow (KO: 14:00PM)
18 June 2021 – England v Scotland @ Wembley Stadium, London (KO: 20:00PM)
22 June 2021 – Scotland v Croatia @ Hampden Park, Glasgow (KO: 20:00PM)