Scott McTominay was one of Scotland’s heroes as they held England to a 0-0 draw at Wembley.
England were tragically dull it has to be said. Harry Kane was a shadow of himself up front, and the Three Lions struggled to create chances.
Marcus Rashford only played the last 14 minutes while Jadon Sancho was an unused substitute.
But at some stage you have to set aside England’s poor display, and credit Scotland.
In particular Scott McTominay deserves applause. The Manchester United midfielder was lining up at the back as part of a three man central defence.
Playing at centre-back was not completely alien to him, as he did so in qualifying for Scotland.
To step up and do it against Kane, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and co was a different challenge altogether, and McTominay passed with flying colours.
One image of McTominay in injury time holding off England attackers amid a goalmouth scramble could become iconic among Scotland fans and spoke volumes to the United star’s commitment.
McTominay started a little shaky, giving the ball away which led to a chance for England. After that he settled and so did Scotland.
McTominay won two aerial duels, made two interceptions, and made two clearances as he helped Scotland earn a point.
If not for a Reece James clearance off the line at the other end, it nearly was a famous Scotland away victory.
The opening game was a disappointment for Scotland against Czech Republic. This was just what they needed.
McTominay’s performance was mightily impressive, we just hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t watching, otherwise he might start playing him at centre-back too and abandon the pursuit of Raphael Varane or another defensive target this summer.
Scotland fan reaction…
As far as Scotland fans are concerned, McTominay is the greatest defender around.
Here is a look at how they reacted to his ‘exceptional’ showing…