England v Scotland, 15 June 1996

Score2-0 to England
RefereePierluigi Pairetto
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance76,864
Kick-off: 3.00pm England got their tournament up and running with a first group victory against the auld enemy thanks to the goal-poaching of Alan Shearer, the penalty saving of David Seaman and the audacious skill of Paul Gascoigne. Gascoigne's unpredictability brought off-the-field problems but it was an essential part of his greatest work with a ball at his feet, perhaps no better demonstrated than the memorable goal against Scotland that lit up Euro 96. With the hosts grimly holding on to a 1-0 lead earned by Shearer's header and grateful for Seaman's save to deny Gary McAllister from the penalty spot moments earlier, Gazza took centre stage. Collecting a Darren Anderton chip on the edge of the box, the midfielder flicked the ball over Colin Hendry with his left foot, ran round him as the defender stumbled and volleyed past Andy Goram with his right. It was sheer brilliance, blending technical maturity with an almost youthful abandon. "Mr Paul Gascoigne: An Apology", read a Daily Mirror editorial two days later, retracting its heavy criticism of Gazza and his part in England's team-building trip to Hong Kong. It was not unfounded censure, and Terry Venables' side had made a sluggish start to their home finals, held 1-1 by Switzerland. Even this meeting with such close rivals struggled to get going, but the introduction of Jamie Redknapp to support Gascoigne changed all that. Within eight minutes of the restart the home side were in front when Gareth Southgate found Gary Neville in space on the right, and his brisk cross was directed perfectly for Shearer to head in. The striker became the first England player to score more than one goal in the UEFA European Championship. With Steve McManaman carrying the ball skilfully, England seemed set fair. But an experienced Scotland side refused to buckle and Seaman had to save a header from Gordon Durie, who was then brought down by Tony Adams in the area. McAllister began his run-up but the ball moved on the penalty spot and Seaman saved his firm shot with his elbow. With the kind of luck they have grown used to in major finals, Scotland then fell further behind. Out on the left, Anderton touched a volley inside to Gascoigne, who brought the crowd to its feet by doing the rest. It was a truly memorable moment although again England had played in fits and starts, and would need a big improvement against the Dutch to go through, which they duly delivered. For Scotland, the familiar heroic failure beckoned.

2  England

Manager: Terry Venables

0  Scotland

Manager: Craig Brown

Goals:

Alan Shearer 53 G
Paul Gascoigne 79 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David Seaman
Defender/Right back Gary Neville
Defender Tony Adams (captain)
Defender Stuart Pearce
Defender/Centre back Gareth Southgate
Midfielder Darren Anderton
Midfielder Paul Gascoigne
Midfielder Paul Ince
Midfielder Steve McManaman
Forward Alan Shearer

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andy Goram
Defender Tommy Boyd
Defender Stewart McKimmie
Defender Tosh McKinlay
Defender/Centre back Colin Calderwood
Defender/Centre back Colin Hendry
Midfielder John Collins
Midfielder Gary McAllister (captain)
Midfielder Stuart McCall
Forward Gordon Durie
Forward John Spencer

Substitutions:

Jamie Redknapp for Stuart Pearce 46
Steve Stone for Paul Ince 80
Sol Campbell for Jamie Redknapp 85

Substitutions:

Ally McCoist for John Spencer 67
Craig Burley for Tosh McKinlay 83
Eoin Jess for Gordon Durie 87

Cards:

Alan Shearer 75 Y
Paul Ince 86 Y

Cards:

John Collins 29 Y
John Spencer 38 Y
Colin Hendry 70 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tim Flowers
Goalkeeper Ian Walker
Defender/Centre back Sol Campbell
Defender/Midfielder Phil Neville
Midfielder David Platt
Midfielder Jamie Redknapp
Midfielder Steve Stone
Midfielder/Forward Nick Barmby
Forward Les Ferdinand
Forward Robbie Fowler

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jim Leighton
Goalkeeper Nicky Walker
Defender Derek Whyte
Midfielder Craig Burley
Midfielder Scot Gemmill
Midfielder Billy McKinlay
Midfielder/Forward Eoin Jess
Forward Scott Booth
Forward Kevin Gallacher
Forward Darren Jackson
Forward Ally McCoist