They were written off as no-hopers but they became heroes.

And, by God, they should have won.

Still, Scotland kept their Euro 2020 hopes alive with a 0-0 draw against England t Wembley.

Steve Clarke demanded four points pre-match and now it's game on in Group D so long as his team beat Croatia on Tuesday.

Lyndon Dykes almost gave us the victory we craved but there can be no criticism of him or any of his team-mates.

Here are Scott McDermott's ratings...

David Marshall 8: Looked on helplessly as John Stones' header crashed off his left-hand post early on but had a quiet half after that. Kicking was difficult on the wet pitch but he coped with it and proved his worth after the break with a cracking stop from Mason Mount's drilled shot. Comfortable night.

Scott McTominay 7: Settled down after a shaky start having been shifted by his manager into the right centre-back role. Was mugged by Raheem Sterling trying to be too clever but learned his lesson and was defensively sound when covering in for O'Donnell on that side. Sound display.

Grant Hanley 9: Marshalled the troops tremendously at the back playing alongside two boys who aren't natural centre-halves. Seemed to relish the joust with Harry Kane and looked composed throughout. Brilliant block in the second half denied the England skipper. Outstanding.

Kieran Tierney 8: Even not fully fit it was crucial to get him back in the side giving Scotland great balance on the left. Terrific overlapping run almost led to O'Donnell goal and was rarely tested going the other way either. Made a couple of important last-ditch interceptions for clean sheet.

Stephen O'Donnell 9: Tough shift against Sterling who constantly looked to drift infield off left flank, then Jack Grealish later on. Unlucky not to grab a dream Wembley goal with volley that Jordan Pickford kept out. Use of the ball was excellent all night as he repaid manager's faith and defied critics.

Billy Gilmour 8: Thrown into the Three Lions' den for first Scotland start and looked like he'd been there all his life. Vital to how Scotland played with his touch, control, vision and always being available for a pass. Tired towards the end but proved on the big stage we've got a superstar on our hands.

Callum McGregor 8: Back in the team after being left out against the Czechs and Celtic man really showed his quality. Him and Gilmour are made for each other in the middle of the park with their quick, short passing game – and they linked up beautifully at times. Barely gave it away all night.

John McGinn 8: Scotland's action man was involved from the off, crunching into tackles and trying to break forward from midfield at every opportunity. Got after England's playmaker Kalvin Phillips which rattled the hosts and set tone for Scotland's display. Never stopped running and hassling.

Andy Robertson 8: Deliberately tried to get tight to Phil Foden early to unsettle him and did it to good effect. More of a defensive shift than his usual marauding displays for Liverpool and made critical back post clearance to deny Man City winger at start of second half. Captain's performance.

Che Adams 8: Proved that he should have started against the Czechs. Had confidence to take the ball into feet and get at England's two centre-backs. Early shot was blocked inside the box but found pockets of space off the front all night to cause them problems. Slashed at late back post chance.

Lyndon Dykes 7: Lost Stones at corner for his header off the post but wasn't fazed up front by the physical battle with Tyrone Mings. Took turns with Adams to drop in when Scotland' were out of possession and came so close to opening goal with shot cleared off the line by Reece James. Tireless.


Stuart Armstrong 4: Replaced a tired Gilmour with 15 minutes left and slotted into McGinn role as he dropped back beside McGregor. Kept the ball when he had to and gave Clarke's side energy in the closing stages.

Kevin Nisbet 2: Came on for Adams towards the end of the game to give Scotland fresh legs and impetus in attack but didn't really have enough time or opportunity to show what he's about up front.

NOT USED: Gordon, McLaughlin, Christie, Fleck, Cooper, Nisbet, Fraser, Patterson, Hendry, Forrest, McKenna.