Liverpool defender Andy Robertson believes that Scotland’s Euro 2020 clash against England is a chance to prove that they deserve more respect from their oldest rivals.
The two sides will meet on Friday evening in their second group stage game. It can be recalled that the Three Lions beat Croatia 1 nil in their first game while Scotland lost 2 nil to the Czech Republic in theirs.
This is Scotland’s first international tournament since the 1998 World Cup and Robertson feels that after ending a 23-year qualifying drought, they are more respected by England but claims that it is still not enough.
“I think we’re probably respected more now because we’ve qualified for a tournament but we’re still not as respected as much as we would all like,” he said.
“A chance to play against England is a chance to show people that doubt Scottish football what we can do. We gave them a tough game in 2017 and we’ll need the same performance levels as that night.”
Both sides met in 2017 in a World Cup qualifying game and Scotland were leading 2:1 into injury time before Harry Kane popped up with a late equalizer.
It’s no more news that hearts at Hampden Park were broken by that moment but Robertson says he has never played in an atmosphere like that one as the Scots were very close to a famous victory after two free-kick goals by Leigh Griffiths.
“That England game was definitely the best atmosphere I’ve played in in terms of a Scotland game,” he said. “I’ve never heard noise like that at Hampden when Griff (Griffiths) put in those free-kicks and I’ve probably also never heard a stadium go quietly so quickly when Harry Kane equalised.
“They showed they have the quality that day and that they can go to the end but I think we’ve adapted since that day.
“A lot has changed since then, and has changed in the England squad too. It’ll be a tough game, they’re one of the favourites to win the tournament and to beat us but if we can get our game plan right I do believe we can get a result.”