Scotland 1-3 England: Player ratings as Bellingham inspires comfortable friendly victory

  • England saw off Scotland in an entertaining friendly on Tuesday
  • Goals from Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane inspired victory
  • Harry Maguire scored an own goal
Bellingham was hugely impressive
Bellingham was hugely impressive / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

England secured a comfortable 3-1 victory over arch rivals Scotland in Tuesday's friendly at Hampden Park.

Phil Foden tapped England ahead on the half-hour mark and Jude Bellingham added a second almost straight after to knock the wind out of a spirited Scotland side who, for all their energy, failed to have a shot on goal in the first half as England produced a dominant first 45.

Scotland came out hot in the second half and responded by forcing an own goal from Harry Maguire, but England weathered the storm and restored their two-goal lead as Bellingham fed Harry Kane for a smart third which put the game to bed.

To add to the frustration of the evening for Scotland, Norway comfortably saw off Georgia in a Euro 2024 qualifier in Oslo, meaning Steve Clarke's side's wait to secure their spot in the competition will go on a little while longer.

How the game unfolded

England had plenty of the early possession but Scotland pressed with immense energy, clearly inspired by the raucous Hampden Park crowd who had booed the English national anthem into oblivion before kick-off.

The first chance of the game fell to Foden 18 minutes in. The Manchester City man collected a cut-back from Marcus Rashford but blazed his effort well over the bar under little pressure.

Kyle Walker fizzed a half-volley wide six minutes later before drilling across another low effort which Foden did incredibly well to steer into an open goal and give England the lead half an hour in.

It was 2-0 almost immediately after. Andy Robertson got his feet all wrong as he attempted to clear his lines and ended up teeing up Bellingham ten yards out, and the Real Madrid superstar gleefully took the hand-out and thundered home to cap off what was a thoroughly impressive first half from Gareth Southgate's side.

Scotland had their first shots on goal shortly after the restart but speculative efforts from range never looked like threatening Aaron Ramsdale in the England net.

The hosts were much improved and got the goal their play deserved as Robertson's cross was turned into his own net by substitute Maguire, setting up a fascinating final 25 minutes.

Angus Gunn was needed to deny Ebere Eze, but he was powerless to prevent Kane from killing the game off with ten minutes to go. Bellingham played through the Bayern Munich man and he made no mistake with the goal in front of him.

Scotland player ratings (3-4-2-1)

Andy Robertson
Robertson made a costly error / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

GK: Angus Gunn - 5/10 - Quick off his line to sweep up at times but didn't cover himself in glory with his hands.

CB: Ryan Porteous - 3/10 - Absolutely battered by Rashford in the first half. Couldn't keep up with him whatsoever.

CB: Jack Hendry - 4/10 - The odd nice block went a little way to redeem what was a tough showing from Hendry. Foden and Rashford ran rings around him.

CB: Kieran Tierney - 5/10 - Good going forward but often caught out of position and woefully exploited by Walker and Foden.

RM: Aaron Hickey - 5/10 - Offered very little in attack in the first half but started to show a bit more after the break. Left it a little too late.

CM: Billy Gilmour - 3/10 - Chasing shadows as Bellingham constantly breezed away from him. Couldn't get anywhere near England's midfield.

CM: Callum McGregor - 5/10 - Nowhere to be seen in the first half but an impressive showing in the second. Played with real energy and vigour after an evidently inspiring team talk.

LM: Andy Robertson - 5/10 - Made the fatal mistake for England's second goal but forced Maguire into his own goal to match things up.

AM: Scott McTominay - 5/10 - Great energy and pressing. Another whose performance drastically improved after the break.

AM: John McGinn - 5/10 - Took far too long to get going but had a few good moments when he eventually found his groove.

ST: Che Adams - 4/10 - Another who put himself about with very little to show for it. Barely even touched the ball but that was hardly his fault.


SUB: Lyndon Dykes (59' for Gilmour) - 6/10

SUB: Ryan Christie (59' for Adams) - 7/10

SUB: Stuart Armstrong (81' for Tierney) - N/A

SUB: Lewis Ferguson (81' for McGinn) - N/A

SUB: Ryan Jack (89' for McGregor) - N/A

SUB: Nathan Patterson (89' for Hickey) - N/A

Subs not used: Zander Clark (GK), Robbie McCrorie (GK), Scott McKenna, John Souttar, Kenny McLean, Lawrence Shankland, Kevin Nisbet


Steve Clarke - 5/10 - Got his initial setup wrong but whatever he said at the break clearly had an enormous impact. Clarke encouraged his side and made the right changes, and he was unlucky not to get more from this one.

England player ratings (4-2-3-1)

Phil Foden
Foden dazzled at times / Sportsphoto/Allstar/GettyImages

GK: Aaron Ramsdale - 6/10 - A few heart-in-mouth moments with the ball at his feet but Ramsdale didn't get much wrong.

RB: Kyle Walker - 8/10 - A commanding presence at both ends of the field. Comfortably dealt with Scotland's biggest threat down the left and was always keen to link up with Foden.

CB: Lewis Dunk - 6/10 - Didn't have a whole lot to do in the first half but was impressive when called upon in the second half.

CB: Marc Guehi - 6/10 - A solid first 45 minutes before being replaced at the break.

LB: Kieran Trippier - 6/10 - His lack of confidence on his left foot was a little frustrating at times but Trippier did nothing wrong either. Did his defensive work with ease.

DM: Declan Rice - 8/10 - Defensively dominant and constantly involved going forwards. Smart, quick passing to set up more creative teammates and overload the midfield battle.

DM: Kalvin Phillips - 7/10 - A slow start was quickly forgotten as Phillips sent a real message over what he can do when given the opportunity. A composed showing as he pulled the strings at the base of midfield.

RM: Phil Foden - 8/10 - An absolute nightmare to play against. Constantly looked at getting into the box and his outstanding control gifted him one or two shots which most players would not have managed. Real intelligence and impressive reactions for his goal.

AM: Jude Bellingham - 9/10 - Carried his hot form from club level over to this one as he linked up with England's forwards to perfection. Some absolutely devastating runs that could have easily yielded more goals.

LM: Marcus Rashford - 7/10 - Another with a point to prove, Rashford looked sharp as he constantly drove at the Scotland defence. Caused so many problems with his superb movement.

ST: Harry Kane - 7/10 - Surprisingly quiet before his goal. Did what he does best when the time came.


SUB: Harry Maguire (46' for Guehi) - 5/10

SUB: Bukayo Saka (71' for Foden) - 6/10

SUB: Ebere Eze (71' for Rashford) - 6/10

SUB: Callum Wilson (83' for Kane) - N/A

SUB: Conor Gallagher (83' for Bellingham) - N/A

Subs not used: Sam Johnstone (GK), Jordan Pickford (GK), Levi Colwill, Fikayo Tomori, Ben Chilwell, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Eddie Nketiah


Gareth Southgate - 7/10 - Naming three attacking midfielders and allowing Bellingham to move further forward clearly brought the best out of England's forward line.

Player of the match - Jude Bellingham (England)