SCOTLAND failed to give youth coach Ross Mathie a poetic end to his 30-year career as they were outgunned by a clinical England side at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

England, already crowned Victory Shield winners for an 11th successive year, had in goals Angus Gunn, the son of the former Scotland goalkeeper, Bryan and a prospect at Manchester City. Scotland’s goalkeeper, Liverpool’s Ryan Fulton, had defected in the opposite direction and he spilled a strike from Arsenal’s Jordan Brown who netted clinically on the rebound after eight minutes. His team-mate, Alex Iwobi, struck a deflected second from the just inside the box seven minutes later.

Daniel Stoney of Rangers found Celtic’s Paul McMullan, who hit a low shot that found the bottom corner to get Scotland back into it, but Brown scored his second after 31 minutes with a lethal left-foot strike in off the inside post.

The young Scots took the game impressively to the English into the second 40 minutes. Nine minutes after the break, Rangers’ Tom Walsh drove forward and sent a dipping 20 yard attempt just over, before England struck again. A tremendous strike from Mason Bennett, who made his Derby County debut at 15, made it 4-1 just before the hour.

Scotland closed the gap again, when McMullan was brought down in the area by Ashley Smith-Brown and the captain, Craig Storie, sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

The Scots fought on and Stoney fired over in the closing stages, but they could not score again.

Scotland Ryan Fulton (Liverpool), Kyle Hogg (Hibs), Ryan Sinammon (Rangers), Jordan McGhee (Hearts), Greg Pacazio (Rangers), Liam Henderson (Celtic), Paul McMullan (Celtic), Tom Walsh (Rangers), Daniel Stoney (Rangers), Craig Storie (Aberdeen), Calum Waters (Celtic)

England Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Ola Aina (Chelsea), Ashley Smith-Brown (Man City), Bryn Morris (Middlesborough), Kodi-Lyons Foster (Tottenham), Niall Heaton (Liverpool), Reise Allassani (Crystal Palace), Charlie Colkett (Chelsea), Mason Bennett (Derby County), Jordan Brown (Arsenal)

Booked Allessani

Referee John Beaton