Scotland combined XI from Euro 96 and Euro 2020: Hendry, Robertson, McCoist...

With England facing Scotland in a grudge match this Friday at Wembley, what would Scotland's lineup be if both the Euro 96 and Euro 2020 squad combined?

Scotland's opening game loss against the Czech Republic last week has left them needing a result against England when the two sides clash at Wembley this Friday.

Rewind to 1996, and it's almost a case of deja vu for the Scots - their opening game draw against the Netherlands meant that a result against England was crucial to their qualification hopes.

Unfortunately for Scotland, goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne's iconic volley sunk the side into third, meaning they needed a hefty win against Switzerland in the final group match to overtake Netherlands on goal difference.

Scotland managed to beat Switzerland 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ally McCoist, but England's 4-1 victory over the Netherlands wasn't enough to hand Scotland a knockout place, and they were instead sent packing.

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With the 2021 squad now looking to avenge the defeat of '96, Planet Sport look at how the Scotland side would shape-up if players were available from both squads.

Andy Goram

After a long-running battle with fellow goalkeeper Jim Leighton for a spot in the side, it was Andy Goram that got the nod from Craig Brown for the starting spot in Euro 96.

In Scotland's opener with the Netherlands, Goram justified his starting position, making a number of crucial saves against the likes of Clarence Seedorf and Dennis Bergkamp to maintain Scotland's clean sheet and earn a point.

Goram went from strength to strength following the Netherlands game, despite conceding two to England, Goram continued to make crucial saves and was a huge reason that Scotland were able to beat Switzerland 1-0 in their final group game.

In comparison, David Marshall was extremely successful in Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifiers - saving the decisive penalty against Serbia to qualify Scotland for their first major tournament in 22 years.

But after his mishap against Czech Republic in Scotland's Euro 2020 opener which saw Patrik Schick lob him from the half-way line, it's Goram who edges his way into the starting XI.

Kieran Tierney

Playing in Scotland's favoured 3-5-2 formation, it's Kieran Tierney who's named as the first of three centre-backs.

The Arsenal defender has proved to be pivotal in both his club and nation's success, and was a huge miss in Scotland's Euro 2020 game against the Czech Republic.

Known for his passion, work-rate and tenacity, Tierney wouldn't look out of place in Scotland's 1996 team, and with an abundance of talent to go with it, it's a no-brainer to have him involved in the XI.

Colin Hendry

Despite not making his Scotland debut until the age of 27, Colin Hendry still managed to amass 51 caps for his nation, as well as three goals.

With over 300 appearances for Blackburn Rovers as well, Hendry's invaluable experience at the heart of the defence could prove crucial in the side's success.

In Scotland's Euro 96 clash against England, Hendry's individual battle with Alan Shearer at Wembley was iconic in itself, and although he was lobbed by Gascoigne in the lead-up to his volley, Hendry left his heart on the pitch and was unfortunate to end up on the losing side.

We're sure there's nothing Hendry would love more than another chance at beating the English at Wembley.

Scott McTominay

The Manchester United midfielder has often played in the back line for his nation and has performed admirably when needed.

Perhaps not a natural centre-back, but Scott McTominay compliments a 3-at-the-back system, utilising his physicality and power to carry the ball out of defence and create chances for more attacking players.

His versatility and physicality would be necessary for an undoubtedly feisty rematch against England at Wembley.

Tommy Boyd

With over 300 appearances for Celtic and 72 caps for Scotland, Boyd is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour, and therefore, is pretty hard to leave out of the side.

Able to play as either a wing-back or part of the back-three, Boyd is a versatile player, willing to play anywhere that he is deployed on the pitch.

Despite struggling a little in the first match against England's wide players, specifically Steve McManaman, Boyd deserves a second shot at getting one over Scotland's rival neighbours.

Andy Robertson

As a Champions League and Premier League winner at Liverpool, it's impossible to look past Andy Robertson as the other of the side's wing-backs.

His relentless running, pressing and intense tackling paired with his ability to deliver pin-point crosses has made him one of the world's most complete full-backs in recent years.

Despite Scotland's recent 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic, Robertson continuously threatened down the left flank, and was unlucky not to register at least one assist.

A natural winner with an abundance of experience, Robertson would not only make the starting XI, but is also staking a claim for the captain's armband.

Gary McAllister

With over 700 professional appearances, over 50 caps for Scotland, and the captain of the Euro 96 side, Gary McAllister is the first name on the team sheet in midfield.

With stints at Leicester City, Leeds United, and Liverpool, McAllister boasts a vast amount of experience and adds leadership to any side he plays for.

Additionally, following his penalty being saved by David Seaman in the Euro 96 clash against England, McAllister will be eager for another chance to score at Wembley.

John McGinn

Aged 26, John McGinn is entering Euro 2020 in his prime, and looked promising in their opening game against Czech Republic.

The Aston Villa midfielder has become a pivotal figure in his club, and was a major reason for their Premier League relegation survival in the 2019/20 season following his return from injury.

With 34 caps under his belt already, and 10 goals for Scotland, there is plenty more to come for McGinn in his national side.

Stuart McCall

Stuart McCall is another from the Euro 96 squad that has been around the block and gathered priceless experience.

Alongside his 750 professional appearances and 40 Scotland caps, McCall proved in Euro 96 that he is up to the task on the big stage, and was arguably Scotland's best player when they last faced England at Wembley in a major tournament.

Ahead of the likes of Ryan Fraser and Callum McGregor, we're rolling the dice and hoping McCall can once again produce the goods on the big stage against England in this fantasy XI.

Ally McCoist

The first of the side's two central strikers is none other than Ally McCoist. As the only Scottish player to score in Euro 96, it seemed fitting for him to be spearheading the front line.

Ally McCoist celebrates scoring for Scotland vs Switzerland with teammates Stuart McCall and Colin Hendry
Ally McCoist celebrates scoring for Scotland vs Switzerland with teammates Stuart McCall and Colin Hendry

With 19 goals in 61 Scotland appearances, McCoist holds a good goalscoring record for his nation, and who knows how the game would've panned out if he had started against England in Euro 96.

McCoist's goal against Switzerland in the final group stage fixture was almost enough to send his side through to the knock-outs, but they fell at the final hurdle, excruciatingly missing out to the Netherlands via goal difference.

The only negative in playing McCoist is that we'd lose his charismatic and witty commentary that has entertained us all during Euro 2020.

Che Adams

Despite only making five appearances so far in his international career, Che Adams has netted two goals for his country, and at just 24 years of age, he looks to be a promising prospect for the future.

After breaking through at Sheffield United and Birmingham City, Adams was signed by Southampton, where he is slowly cementing a position in the first team.

With pace to burn and a keen eye for goal, Adams could add an extra string to Scotland's bow, and potentially form a deadly partnership with Ally McCoist up front.