Sunday 25 February 2018

In a very successful afternoon for English sport, guess which team let the side down...

England faced Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

By Max McLean

Without club football to occupy the nation’s sports fans, it’s been left to international sport to keep us all entertained, and if you’re a fan of English sport, Saturday proved a successful afternoon.

For the cricket fans, England managed to beat Australia, knocking them out of the Champions Trophy in the process.

The result is that England go through to the semi-finals with a 100% win record – nice one.

At the French Open Alfie Hewett became the first British player to win a French Open wheelchair singles title at Roland Garros.

The 19-year-old from Norwich beat Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez 0-6 7-6 6-2 – well done that man.

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed success in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix as well.

The Briton took the 65th pole position of his career in his bid to close the 25-point lead Sebastian Vettel has built, equalling his hero Ayrton Senna too.

And in football, there was yet more international success. First, the youth players successfully defended their Toulon Tournament title, beating the Ivory Coast on penalties.

England’s women also enjoyed success, beating Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly.

And so to England’s men’s team – 1-0 up in their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Scotland with five minutes remaining, things went a little wrong for the Three Lions.

Two free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths put Scotland ahead, before a late Harry Kane equaliser salvaged a point for Gareth Southgate’s men.

Joe Hart came in for criticism having let two free-kicks past him in three minutes.

And although there was relief that England had managed to earn a point from the situation…

… there was a feeling that they should have been leaving with all three points.

Still, it wouldn’t feel right being an England fan if everyone won, now would it?

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