Glenn Hoddle’s Scotland admission as he makes scoreline prediction for England clash

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Glenn Hoddle believes England will defeat Scotland in their Euro 2020 Group D encounter this Friday – but predicts it will be a hard-fought affair.

Gareth Southgate's team had the perfect start to their campaign as they defeated Croatia 1-0 but Scotland had a nightmare as the Czech Republic beat them 2-0.

While Steve Clarke will be looking to bounce back against England when the two teams face at Wembley, former England manager Hoddle thinks it will be the Three Lions' day.

But he also admits there are some talented Scottish players Gareth Southgate's side myst be wary of.

Hoddle told Betfair : "England have so much firepower going forward that they should beat Scotland on Friday. But it's not going to be an easy game because Scotland have got some very good players.

Glenn Hoddle doesn't expect Harry Maguire to feature against Scotland
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"There's two, three, maybe four players that would get into the England squad, that's how strong they are.

"Not having 80,000 at Wembley, and a lot of the Tartan Army being there, I think Scotland will be desperate to get a result in front of their fans. They play emotionally and they'll come out and give everything.

"England will prepare with confidence behind them because they've got the win, while Scotland need to pick themselves up after their defeat to Czech Republic.

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"I think England will start the same as they did against Croatia, go for the throat for the first 20 minutes, try to get a goal and settle down and play. I'm going 2-1 to England."

Many fans will be wondering when the injured Harry Maguire will make his first appearance of the tournament.

He didn't feature in the friendlies and was left out of their opener as he is nursing an ankle injury.

And Hoddle doesn't expect to see him against Scotland either.

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He added: "I don't think Maguire will be ready to come in, so I think Mings will play again and he'll keep that back four together. The only change might be he'll want a left-footer so he might put Chilwell or Shaw in.

"If Gareth makes any chance it will be for tactical reasons, not because of anyone's performance.

"Rice and Phillips would be 100% certain to play. He'll look at the training and think: 'If I play Grealish instead of Sterling in the front, or play Foden over here, what would happen?' That's where he might just look at it and make a chance based on who looks sharp in training. He's in a lovely position.

"Harry Kane didn't affect the game in any way against Croatia and that's a good sign for Gareth – that England can win when their number one striker isn't firing on all cylinders. Kane will get better, guaranteed."

Many critics were surprised Southgate started Raheem Sterling ahead of Jack Grealish but the Manchester City star proved his manager right as his goal was the difference in the opener.

And Southgate said on his selection: "I'm so pleased for Raheem. He's had this hex in tournaments, not being able to get the goal. I thought he was dangerous all day, right from the start."

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