Scotland deserve greater respect from England fans, says Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson is determined to prove a point to those England supporters who he believes have shown a lack of respect for Scottish football when the two sides meet at Wembley on Friday.
Scotland head into their first meeting with England since drawing 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in 2017 knowing they need a positive result at Wembley to help their chances of progressing from Group D after the defeat against the Czech Republic.
Robertson, the Liverpool left-back who will win his 47th cap on Friday, played in the draw at Hampden and is eager to take the opportunity to show Steve Clarke’s side have improved since then.
“I think we’re probably more respected now because we’ve qualified for a tournament and gone a lot of games unbeaten. But we’re still not as respected as much as we would all like,” he told Sky.
“So a chance to play against them is a chance to show people that doubt Scottish football what we can do. We did that in 2017. We gave them a tough game and we’ll need the same application and performance levels as that night. We were good that day, we followed our gameplan and we will need to do that again to get anything off England.”
An injury-time equaliser from Harry Kane after Leigh Griffiths had scored two sensational late free-kicks earned England a point on their way to the 2018 World Cup, with Scotland ending up third in the group. Robertson is hoping they can emulate that performance on Friday.
“A lot has changed since then, there aren’t many players left in our squad from that day, and a lot has changed in the England squad too,” he said. “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 and cause them problems up the other end, I do believe we can get a result.”