Scotland was one of the best underdog stories of the Euros, playing some very positive football and taking it to the opposition in all of their games. Speaking after the Scots were bounced from the tournament by Croatia, Liverpool FC’s Andy Robertson spoke about the special bond between the team and the country:
I’m so proud of all the players and I’m so proud to be captain of this country. It’s been an absolute honour. We’ve felt the love from the whole country and I really hope that continues.
I know we’ve disappointed them, I know we’ve fallen short but the love we’ve felt from the nation has been special and long may it continue.
It was obviously a massively disappointing result but I think Croatia showed why they got to a World Cup final (in 2018).
They’ve got quality players. Luka Modric just ran the game, kind of, and scored a wonderful goal and unfortunately that’s why we fell short.’
Robertson also spoke about how he hopes this experience will help if the Scots reach the World Cup in Qatar and future tournaments:
We were one of the newbies. It’s been a long time coming and we will all gain experience from this.
We are a squad with a lot of potential and it’s important we build on this. It’s important that we don’t take this as the high point of this squad.
We need to focus on September and try to qualify for another tournament (the World Cup) because we can’t wait another 23 years. We want to be a team that qualifies for many tournaments. We want it to become the norm that Scotland qualify.