Euro 2024: Who should start for Scotland against Germany? | football news

Scotland are back in the Euros and their campaign begins on Friday night against tournament hosts Germany, but who should start in Munich?

It is an occasion that Steve Clarke’s team should relish rather than fear as they look to spring a surprise in the opening match and emerge from the group for the first time.

Scotland will then face Switzerland on June 19 before their final group match against Hungary four days later.

After easily passing through qualification, Clarke’s team went on a seven-match winless streak due to injuries to key players during that time.

A friendly victory against Gibraltar and a draw with Finland ended that bad run in which the Tartan Army had hoped to make their mark.

But who should start against the hosts in Munich on Friday night?

Choose your starting eleven for Scotland

Steve Clarke has lost his two favorite right-backs to injuries Ross McCrorie either Antonio Ralston They are ready to start on defense. Both participated in the last preparation games. So who would you choose?

Scott McTominay He was Scotland’s top scorer in the qualifying phase, but an injury prevented him from playing any of the final warm-up matches. Should the Manchester United midfielder return for opening night?

And is there a place for Stuart Armstrong? The Southampton midfielder has returned to full training but has not played since April due to a hamstring injury.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 26: Lawrence Shankland of Scotland pre-match during an international friendly match between Scotland and Northern Ireland at Hampden Park, on March 26, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
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Will Lawrence Shankland or Che Adams lead the line?

Laura Shankland scored Scotland’s second in Friday’s draw against Finland. Does he deserve another start? Che Adams lead the line again or will Tommy Conway Getting the nod after an impressive debut?

Use the team selector below and share your selection on Twitter @EscociaSky.

Scotland’s record against Germany

James Forrest and Grant Hanley played in Scotland's last match against Germany in 2015
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James Forrest and Grant Hanley played in Scotland’s last match against Germany in 2015

The teams have met 17 times and last met in a European Championship qualifier in 2015, when Scotland lost to the then world champions 3-2 at Hampden Park.

Two members of the current Scotland squad, James Forrest and Grant Hanley, started that match in Glasgow.

Don Hutcheson scored in Scotland's last win against Germany in 1999.
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Don Hutcheson scored in Scotland’s last win against Germany in 1999.

Scotland have only beaten their first rival four times, with the last victory coming in a friendly in 1999.

Led by Craig Brown, Scotland defeated a German team that included names like Oliver Bierhoff and Lothar Matthaus thanks to a second-half goal from Everton’s Don Hutchison.

Scotland Euro 2024 schedule

Scotland have history in starting tournaments, having faced Brazil in the first match of the 1998 World Cup, a match they narrowly lost 2-1 with a Tom Boyd own goal in the second half.

This time the venue will be the Munich Football Arena (Allianz Arena), where the hosts are their opponents.

The Scots also face matches against the eternally classified Swiss in Cologne on 19th of Junewith Hungary – who reached the knockout stage in 2016 – awaits in Stuttgart the June 23.

Scotland’s possible path to the final and finishing as group winners…

If Scotland finishes as winners of Group A but all other Euro 2024 results go with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday, June 29 – Scotland vs Denmark (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

Quarterfinals: Friday, July 5 – Spain vs Scotland (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Semifinal: Tuesday, July 9 – Scotland vs Holland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Scotland vs France; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Scotland’s possible path to the final and finishing as group runners-up…

If Scotland finish as runners-up in Group A but all other Euro 2024 results go with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Italy (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Quarterfinals: Saturday, July 6 – England vs Scotland (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf)

Semifinal: Wednesday, July 10 – France vs Scotland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Spain vs Scotland; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

If Scotland finishes as one of the four best third-placed teams…

One of:

Sunday, June 30: winners of Group B against the third place of Group A/D/E/F (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne)

Monday, July 1: winners of Group F against third places of Group A/B/C (Waldstadion, Frankfurt)

Tuesday, July 2: winner of Group E vs third place in Group A/B/C/D (Allianz Arena, Munich)Quarter finals

If Scotland finishes first in Group A and wins the round of 16 match…

Friday, July 5 (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

If Scotland finishes second in Group A and wins the round of 16 match…

Saturday, July 6 (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf)

If Scotland finishes as one of the four best third-placed teams and wins the round of 16 match…

One of:

Friday, July 5 (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Friday, July 5 (Volksparkstadion, Hamburg)

Saturday July 6 – (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Semifinals

If Scotland finishes first in Group A, wins the round of 16 match and wins the quarterfinals…

Tuesday, July 9: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

If Scotland finishes second in Group A, wins the round of 16 match and wins the quarterfinals…

Wednesday, July 10: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

If Scotland finishes as one of the four best third-place finishers, wins the round of 16 match and wins the quarter-finals…

One of:

Tuesday, July 9: kickoff at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Wednesday, July 10: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

And finally, the final…

Sunday, July 14: start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

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