Scotland vs England: where are they now? - England’s starting XI from 2017 epic Hampden clash

Gareth Southgate's England will head to Hampden Park to face Scotland this week as part of a 150 year celebration of the sides first clash.
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After a bore draw with Ukraine on Saturday night, England fans will be hoping for some more entertaining football and, crucially, a win over the Auld Enemy in their own back yard as they take on Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Part of a 150 year celebration of Scottish football, the game has been billed as a friendly but when they sides walk out in the Southside of Glasgow on Tuesday night, you can guarantee it will be seen as anything but.

It has been six years since the rivals played out a breathtaking 2-2 draw at the home of Scottish football and with just 24 hours until they meet again, memories of that astonishing game that saw three late, late strikes are flooding back for both sides of fans.

Two wonderful Leigh Griffith free kicks in the 87th and 90th minute cancelled out Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's 70th minute opener and looked to hand the Tartan Army all three points in the World Cup 2018 qualifier but Harry Kane spared Three Lions blushes with a 93rd minute equaliser to restore parity and silence raucous atmosphere in the stadium.

It was a game that will be remembered for years to come for both sides, but whatever happened to England's starting XI (and three substitutes) that appeared at Hampden that day?

Joe Hart - Goalkeeper

At the time of this game, the England goalkeeper was on loan in the Serie A with Torino after being immediately dropped by the now all conquering Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Seen as culpable for Griffith's two free kick, Hart rarely played for England again after this game and ended up playing a handful of games for West Ham United and Burnley before warming the Tottenham Hotspur bench for a season.

Signed by Scottish giants Celtic in 2021, he has since rediscovered his mojo and won the treble with the club last year, where he remains their undisputed number one.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart was arguably at fault for both of Scotland’s goals from free-kicks. England goalkeeper Joe Hart was arguably at fault for both of Scotland’s goals from free-kicks.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart was arguably at fault for both of Scotland’s goals from free-kicks.

Kyle Walker - Right-back

When it comes to the Man City full back, little has changed. He is still very much Southgate's number one right back and has since featured in every game for England in their run to the Euro 2020 final, while he remained one of the first names on the team sheet at both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

At club level, he has since won the UEFA Champions League, five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups, the UEFA Super Cup and two Community Shields. Not bad eh?

Ryan Bertrand - Left-back

The then Southampton full back was a regular feature for the Three Lions in 2017, winning nine of his 19 caps in that year as he looked to tie down the left back slot.

However, things haven't quite gone to plan since then. The former Chelsea academy product and Champions League winner remained Southampton's first choice left back until the 2020/2021 season, before he made a free transfer move to Leicester City in the summer of 2021. Sadly for Bertrand, he only featured four times in his first season and didn't play a single minute of league football last year as the Foxes were relegated.

Currently without a club, it remains to be seen where he ends up next.

Gary Cahill - Central defender

The 37-year-old former Chelsea defender made a total of 61 appearances in an England jersey after making his international debut in 2010. Cahill was a regular face in the Three Lions starting XI for many years following his debut but found himself slowly edged out of the squad in the months that followed this match both at club and international level.

The defender retired this summer after spells with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. His long and successful career saw him win every English domestic trophy possible - and the Champions League.

Chris Smalling - Central defender

Once heralded as the best young centre back in the country, Smalling was snapped up for big money by Sir Alex Ferguson while still a teen at Fulham.

The now 33-year-old would go on to to make over 200 appearances for Man Utd but would struggle alongside his team mates as they adapted to life without Sir Alex. At international level, this would be Smalling's final game in a Three Lions jersey as Southgate opted to go with John Stones and Harry Maguire.

The former United defender wouldn't let it effect him too much though and he has since gone on to have a very successful career in Italy with AS Roma, where he has played over 100 times and won the UEFA Europa Conference League in 2022.

Jake Livermore - Central midfield

Perhaps one of the least memorable names from England's starting XI in the 2-2 draw against Scotland, Livermore actually played seven times for the national team after some impressive club performances at Hull City, though he was admittedly rarely seen following this game.

The now 33-year-old would move to West Bromich Albion that summer and stayed there for a total of seven seasons, winning promotion from the Championship in 2020. He left the Midlands in July 2023 and now plies his trade in the second tier with Watford, where he signed a one year contract.

Jake Livermore added some real grit to the heart of England’s midfieldJake Livermore added some real grit to the heart of England’s midfield
Jake Livermore added some real grit to the heart of England’s midfield

Eric Dier - Central midfield

So often involved during the Southgate era, Dier was chosen as part of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cup squads but has, in truth, never fully managed to nail down a first team role for England despite winning 49 caps for his country.

The England career of the Spurs defensive midfielder will probably be remembered best for his winning penalty in the World Cup 2018 shoot out win over Colombia. At club level, the 29-year-old is still very much a Spurs player, although rumours suggest new manager Ange Postecoglou is looking to move him on, with Dier yet to feature this season.

Marcus Rashford - Right attacking midfield

Similar to Kyle Walker, little has changed for the Manchester United, who still features heavily in England’s starting XI and will likely begin the game this Tuesday.

Now 25, ‘Rashy’ has played over 50 times for the Three Lions and was outstanding in their World Cup 2022 campaign, where he scored a memorable brace against Wales in the group stages. Missed a heartbreaking penalty in the Euro 2020 final shoot out defeat to Italy but has been in the form of his life ever since.

Dele Alli - Central attacking midfield

A world class footballer on his day, the former MK Dons youth team product has not seen his career go as many would have hoped. One of England's star players at the 2018 World Cup, he scored the clinching second goal in the 2-0 quarter final win over Sweden.

Since then though, he has struggled for form as he gradually fell out of the picture at Tottenham Hotspurs - and then England. A move to Everton failed to reignite his career and a loan move to Besiktas last year saw his stock fall even further.

However, early this year, Alli bravely took on an interview with Gary Neville where he spoke about his addiction problems and his mental health which won him many plaudits. Hopefully Dele is back on the mend and - still just 27 - can make a comeback.

Adam Lallana - Left attacking midfield

After coming up through the leagues with Southampton, Lallana went on to have the kind of career League One players dream about following his big move money to Liverpool.

Named England Player of the Year for 2016, the attacking midfielder was a key player at the time of this Scotland clash but would struggle to break into the side over the coming years with injury stunting his progress at international level.

However, the now 35-year-old has won almost everything you could wish for at club level, lifting the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League, the Super Cup and the World Club Cup during his time at Liverpool. Now at Brighton and Hove Albion, Lallana became the assistant interim manager to Andrew Crofts last year after Graham Potter's move to Chelsea.

Harry Kane - Striker

When it comes to England’s number 9, little has changed. He is still the captain, he still scores goals and he is still Southgate’s key man.

He was the hero on that sunny day in Hampden, but he has since gone on to break England’s goal-scoring record and is the country’s leading goalscorer, he has also led them to a Euro 2020 final and a World Cup 2018 semi final. At club level, he is still searching for the first trophy of his career, which is more than likely what led his to make a £100 million move to German giants Bayern Munich - if you haven’t seen the Bundesliga’s announcement video, you’re in for what probably can’t legally be described as a ‘treat’ - in the summer, where he has three goals in three games already.

Harry Kane sweetly timed volley denied Scotland their first win over England since 1999Harry Kane sweetly timed volley denied Scotland their first win over England since 1999
Harry Kane sweetly timed volley denied Scotland their first win over England since 1999

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (sub for Rashford)

'The Ox' as he became known was another player that enjoyed success after he moved to Liverpool weeks after this game with Scotland.

He now performs in Turkey after moving to Besiktas in the summer, but won every domestic trophy baring the FA Cup during his six year season spell at Anfield, though he has not featured for England since 2019.

Raheem Sterling (sub for Alli)

The boy from Brent has been one of England's most revered players and saw his time in a Three Lions jersey peak when he enjoyed a phenomenal goal-scoring spell that took his country all the way to the final of Euro 2020. His opening goal in the last 16 clash with rivals Germany his crowning moment.

Sterling won no less than five Premier League titles, five League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield during his time at Manchester City before he moved to Chelsea last summer.

Jermain Defoe (sub for Livermore)

A real icon of the English game, Defoe's final appearance for England would come in this game when he replaced Jake Livermore seconds before Kane's last ditch equaliser.

After relegation with Sunderland that summer, the legendary Premier League striker would move to Bournemouth although he would struggle for game time under Eddie Howe and would see out his career at Rangers, where he stayed for four seasons and help them win a record breaking 55th league title.

Made an emotional return to Sunderland in January 2021 but would retire after just seven games, admitting he felt he could no longer block the path of younger players at the age of 38. Now a regular pundit on TV.