England survived some difficult first half moments before ending up as relativel
Scotland 0-2 England
Euro 2000 Play-Off, First Leg
Hampden Park, Glasgow
13 November 1999
England survived some difficult first half moments before ending up as relatively easy winners of the first leg of the much-hyped 'battle of Britain'...
An England team had not played in Glasgow for ten years, following the demise of first the Home International Championship and then the Rous Cup, and a Hampden Park ground with a greatly reduced capacity from the stadium's far-off glory days, was stunned into silence by two first half goals from Paul Scholes.
Kevin Keegan, still unbeaten after eight games in charge, took a gamble by playing Sol Campbell in the unaccustomed position of right-back. But it certainly paid off as the Tottenham defender looked as though he played there every week.
He even had the time and space to advance down the right flank on 20 minutes to lob the ball across for Scholes to tease it away from Hendry before slotting home for England's opening strike.
Within seconds, Keown and Ince got in each other's way on the edge of the box and Seaman had to dash out to block Gallacher's fierce shot.
Four minutes from the break the Manchester United midfielder notched his second goal of the game and his ninth in an England shirt. David Beckham speared in one of his pinpoint free-kicks from the right and Scholes stole some space at the near post to flash a header past Sullivan's left hand.
The second half was a major disappointment for Scotland, who never looked like getting back on level terms. The only efforts of note were from corners, Hutchison and Weir both heading tamely over.
With no spark coming from the home side, England were able to sit back and absorb what pressure there was. England had not lost by three clear goals at Wembley since Hungary won 6-3 in 1953 and Scotland's performance in the second leg would now have to exceed all expectations if they were to make it to Euro 2000.
Scotland: Sullivan, Weir, Ritchie, Dailly, Hendry, Ferguson, Dodds, Burley, Gallacher (Burchill), Hutchison, Collins
England: Seaman, Campbell, P Neville, Ince, Adams, Keown, Beckham, Scholes, Shearer, Owen (Cole), Redknapp
Referee: M Diaz Vega (Spain)