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How will Scotland line up at UEFA Euro 2020?

Tue 08 June 2021 | 20:39

UEFA Euro 2020 is probably one of the biggest tournaments in football history and this year Scotland is part of this competition, but who would represent their country as the starting eleven? We are here to discuss that.

Craig Levein was named head coach of the national side by the Scottish Football Association in December 2009. Scotland was paired with Lithuania, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, and world champions Spain in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying.

With only four points from their first four games, the team would have needed to win three of their final four games to have a realistic chance of progressing. They only managed two victories and a draw before being knocked out after losing 3–1 to Spain in their final encounter.

Scotland appeared to have a stronger chance of qualifying for UEFA Euro 2016 once the finals event was increased from 16 to 24 teams. Scotland defeated Georgia, the Republic of Ireland, and Gibraltar at home after losing their opener match in Germany.

In the encounter against Gibraltar, Steven Fletcher scored the first hat-trick for Scotland since 1969. Scotland's performance later in the group was "insipid" as they fell 1–0 against Georgia.

Scotland was eliminated from contention after a home defeat by Germany and a late equalizing goal by Poland. Strachan signed a new contract with the SFA after winning the last qualifier against Gibraltar.

In May of 2019, Steve Clarke was named Scotland manager. Scotland missed out on automatic qualification for UEFA Euro 2020, but victories in penalty shootouts against Israel and Serbia in the playoffs got them into their first major tournament since 1998.

In the final competition, they will compete in Group D alongside Czech Republic, Croatia, and old rivals England.

How will Scotland line up at UEFA Euro 2020?

Scotland would be using the 3-4-2-1 formation. To begin with, one of the most significant advantages of the 3-4-2-1 formation is the ability to avoid allowing goals. With three center-backs, you can practically man-mark the two opposite wingers with your wing-backs while controlling the striker and the 10 or the box-to-box midfielder.

Each of the center-backs should contribute to the backline's complementary qualities. This is really beneficial not only in terms of solidifying your team but also in terms of making it more offensively efficient. At least one CB who is comfortable in possession of the ball and can pass it effectively through the opposition's lines is required.

To make interceptions and carry the ball from the back to make the pass, you'll also need someone who can read the game very well. Finally, you'll need a sweeper, someone who can clear anything that has gotten past his teammates.

Before we get into the article of Scotland Euro 2020 squad let's first take a look at the players who were named for this tournament and the fixtures of Scotland Euro 2020.

  • Goalkeepers:

     Jon McLaughlin, Craig Gordon, David Marshall

  • Defenders:

     Stephen O’Donnell, Scott McKenna, Liam Cooper, Declan Gallagher, Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Nathan Patterson, Greg Taylor, Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson.

  • Midfielders:

     Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong, Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Ryan Christie, John Fleck, David Turnbull, Billy Gilmour.

  • Forwards:

     Ryan Fraser, Kevin Nisbet, Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams, James Forrest.

Now for the fixtures (all times are based on central Europe):

Monday 14 June (15:00):

Scotland vs Czech Republic


Friday 18 June (21:00):

England vs Scotland


Tuesday 22 June (21:00):

Croatia vs Scotland


Without further ado let’s get into the article on Scotland Euro 2020 lineup prediction.

GK: David Marshall

Our First choice for the

Scotland squad for Euro 2021

is David Marshall.

Marshall joined Wigan Athletic on a two-year deal in July 2019. In his first season, he made 38 appearances and kept 15 clean sheets, including a fine run of seven straight clean sheets on either side of the season's break due to the COVID-19 epidemic. He will join Derby County on August 21, 2020. Marshall was named captain after Wayne Rooney was named manager.

Marshall started UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying for the first time but was dropped after a 3–0 loss against Slovakia in October 2016. When he participated in the Euro 2020 qualifications against Cyprus and Belgium in June 2019, Steve Clarke called him up.

Marshall saved Eran Zahavi's penalty kick in a penalty shootout against Israel in October 2020, allowing Scotland to advance to the Euro 2020 qualification play-offs. He subsequently saved the game-winning penalty in a shootout against Serbia in the playoff final, qualifying Scotland for their first major tournament in 22 years.

Marshall's appearance in those matches also set a new record for the longest international career for a Scottish player (16 years, 2 months, and 26 days), surpassing the previous record of 19th-century goalkeeper Ned Doig; however, Marshall was overtaken by Craig Gordon in the following match, with both players remaining active and potentially able to extend their careers further.

CB: Declan Gallagher

For his amazing defensive skills, Declan Gallagher is next on the list for the Scotland squad for Euro 2021.

Gallagher was summoned into the Scotland squad for the first time on October 6, 2019, ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Russia and San Marino.

He did not play in those games, but he did make his international debut the following month in a 2–1 victory against Cyprus. Gallagher was a key player in Scotland's play-off victory over Serbia, which qualified the country for UEFA Euro 2020 for the first time since the 1998 World Cup.

CB: Grant Hanley

Another exceptional defensive player is Grant Hanley for Scotland Euro 2020.

With the new season only two months away, Hanley would be forced to start the season injured once more. On the 17th of October, he made his first appearance of the season in Norwich's fifth game, a 2–1 victory over Rotherham United. He did not miss a game after that, making 42 league appearances and two FA Cup games, as well as scoring a goal in a 2–1 victory over Cardiff City.

Due to the departure of Godfrey, the loan of Klose, and the injury of Zimmermann, Hanley spent the majority of the season partnering with Ben Gibson as Norwich won the Football League Championship for the second time in three seasons.

He finished second in Norwich's Player of the Season vote behind Emi Buendia, and he lifted the trophy alongside outgoing teammate Tettey after Norwich drew 2–2 with Barnsley. Tettey had been made captain for the game but had handed the armband back to Hanley when he was substituted in the 87th minute.

Let’s see who is next on the

Scotland euro 2020


CB: Kieran Tierney

Next on our Scotland squad for Euro 2021 is Kieran Tierney.

Tierney was in the starting 11 for Arsenal in the 2020 FA Community Shield, in which Arsenal won 5–4 in a penalty shootout over Liverpool after the match ended 1–1 after 90 minutes.

Tierney scored the opening goal in a 4–0 away league win over West Bromwich Albion on January 2, 2021, and later assisted Alexandre Lacazette on the game's final goal. On the Arsenal official website, his amazing strike was voted the January Goal of the Month.

He became the first Scotsman to score for Arsenal in European competition since Willie Young in March 1980 when he scored in a 3–2 win over Benfica in the Europa League round of 32 on February 25.

Tierney was forced to withdraw from Scotland's UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan in November 2019 owing to a hip injury. After being in regular touch with Stuart Armstrong, who had tested positive for COVID-19, he was forced to withdraw from the squad for a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel in October 2020.

Tierney had three assists despite playing in a center-defense position in a 4–0 win over the Faroe Islands on March 31, 2021.

Let’s see who’s next on the list of the

Scotland Euro 2020 squad.

LWB: Andy Robertson

Probably the most famous player on the

Scotland Euro 2020 squad

list, Andy Robertson is our next nominee.

Due to his pace, intensity, and crossing ability, former England defender Phil Neville considers Robertson to be one of the best left-backs in the world.

Fábio Aurélio, who previously held the same position for Liverpool, singled out Robertson for praise, saying: "One thing that catches my eye is that he's continually developing, that he's not at ease in his position as the first choice, and that "Liverpool's two full-backs right now are outstanding." We can compete in any way we want."

On June 8, 2019, Robertson scored the game's first goal with a long-range strike in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus. Scotland eventually won by a score of 2–1. He was one of five Scotland players forced to withdraw from the national squad due to injury in November.

Scotland qualified for UEFA Euro 2020 in 2020 with Robertson as captain after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory against Serbia. It will be Scotland's first major event appearance since 1998, breaking a 22-year drought of failure to qualify for major tournaments.

RWB: Stephen O'Donnell

Our next player on the list is Stephen O'Donnell as a member of the Scotland Euro 2020 team.

Motherwell announced the signing of O'Donnell on a contract until the next transfer window on August 13, 2020. He signed a new deal with Motherwell until the conclusion of the season on February 1, 2021. O'Donnell signed a new two-year contract with Motherwell on April 13, 2021, which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2023.

In February 2013, O'Donnell made one appearance for Scotland's under-21 squad. He was called up to the Scotland national team for the first time in May 2018, for friendlies against Peru and Mexico.

On May 29, 2018, O'Donnell made his full Scotland debut in a 2–0 loss to Peru. He was retained in the squad for the September 2018 fixtures, and "excelled" in the 2–0 win over Albania on September 10.

CM: John McGinn

Due to his amazing performance, John McGinn found his way into our

Scotland Euro 2020


John McGinn signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa on December 11, 2020, extending his stay until 2025.

McGinn scored his first goal for Scotland in a Euro 2020 qualification match against Russia in September 2019. McGinn's first hat-trick came against San Marino in a Euro 2020 qualifier on October 13, 2019, with all three goals coming in the first half.

He scored two goals against Kazakhstan, giving him a total of seven goals in the Euro 2020 qualification group.

CM: Scott McTominay

Scott McTominay would be the perfect suit for our

Scotland Euro 2020

selection due to his stunning performance.

McTominay scored his first goal of the season on September 30, 2020, as United defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3–0 in the EFL Cup.

He scored his first league goals of the season on December 20, 2020, when he scored a brace inside three minutes in a 6–2 home triumph over Leeds United. It was the first occasion in Premier League history when a player scored twice in the first three minutes of a game.

McTominay was named as the stand-in captain for United's FA Cup match against Watford on January 9, 2021, and scored the game's only goal inside five minutes as United triumphed 1–0.

McTominay scored a goal in Manchester United's 9–0 home triumph against Southampton on February 2, 2021, tying the Premier League record. He then scored in a 3–3 tie with Everton four days later, giving him a total of six goals this season.

SS: Ryan Christie

Christie's adaptability has been one of Celtic's most valuable qualities. He's mostly played on the right flank because of his deadly directness and ability to cause havoc when driving inside onto his left foot, but he's equally adept in a center offensive midfield role. These factors made him a perfect fit for our Scotland Euro 2020 list.

Christie was called up to the senior Scotland squad for the first time in November 2017 for a friendly against the Netherlands, and he played the entire 90 minutes of the 1–0 defeat.

On November 16, 2019, he scored his first international goal, a curling shot from outside the penalty area, in a 2–1 away win against Cyprus in UEFA Euro 2020 qualification. In the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, he scored penalties in consecutive matches as Scotland drew with Israel and overcame the Czech Republic.

SS: Stuart Armstrong

Armstrong is described as a box-to-box midfielder who can play in a variety of central positions, including number eight and number ten. However, it is undeniable that he is more effective in an attacking position than in a defensive one. This exact reason was the cause that put him into our list of Scotland Euro 2020.

This player made his full international debut against Slovenia on March 26, 2017, in a 1–0 victory. Gordon Strachan, Scotland's national team manager, described it as "the best Scotland debut I have ever seen." after he was held out of two 2018 World Cup qualifying games due to injury in September 2017.

After testing positive for COVID-19 in October 2020, he was forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad for a UEFA Euro 2020 qualification play-off semi-final against Israel. He was included in the Scotland squad for the postponed UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in May 2021.

ST: Lyndon Dykes

Our last player on the list for Scotland Euro 2020 is Lyndon Dykes.

Every step of the way, he's a significant presence. Even when his team isn't in possession of the ball, he's an important player.

Dykes signed a four-year contract with Queens Park Rangers for a reported sum of £2,000,000 on August 19, 2020.

As part of the agreement, Queen of the South will get a six-figure fee, as a sell-on clause was inserted when Dykes was transferred to Livingston, with the sum expected to exceed the club's previous record cost of £250,000, which was obtained when Andy Thomson transferred to Southend United in 1994.

Dykes made his competitive debut for the club on September 12, 2020, scoring a penalty in the 54th minute of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

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