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Scotland take on England in their second group game of the European Championship and according to pundit Pat Nevin, Che Adams has got to start.

Adams had been in pretty great nick for Southampton during the 2020-21 season and everyone was sure he will start against Czech Republic. But, manager Steve Clarke shocked everyone by using Ryan Christie as the partner to Lyndon Dykes.

But according to Nevin, Che Adams will need to start up front if Scotland want to have any chance of beating England at Wembley.

Nevin told the BBC: “As far as our attack goes, Adams has to start. I would have picked him for the first game as well.

“Technically, he is the best centre-forward we have got with his link-up play, his movement and how he holds up the ball.

“For me, you get Adams in and pick what else you play around him. That could be Lyndon Dykes up there with him, or two players playing off him – there are plenty of options for Clarke. He could go with a 3-4-2-1 or 3-5-2 formation and still keep it pretty tight in midfield.

“That’s what he will be aiming for, anyway – we want to get at England, but to get anything from the game we will have to deal with their threat too.”

When asked about not naming Adams in the starting line-up vs the Czech Republic, the manager had very bluntly said, as reported: “Hindsight is a wonderful gift. Nobody’s got it.”


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While this was a very bold response but Clarke knows very well the mistake be made by not giving the Southampton man more time on the pitch.

The 24-year-old was brought on at half-time in their first group game but we are more than certain the Scotland boss will not wish to experiment any more and name Che Adams as the striking partner to Dykes.

During the 2020-21 season, Adams featured in 36 Premier League games, scoring nine and assisting five goals.

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