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Andy Robertson says Scotland aim to be “the team that makes history” at Euro 2024 by getting past the group stage of a major tournament for the first time.

Scotland, who have qualified for a second consecutive European Championship, will open the tournament against hosts Germany in Munich on Friday June 14, with Hungary and Switzerland also in Group A alongside Steve Clarke’s team.

After a disappointing group stage at Euro 2020, where their only point came from a 0-0 draw against England, Robertson believes reaching the last 16 in Germany would be a big step forward for Scotland.

“Our goal is to be the team that makes history,” said the Liverpool defender. “We have to aspire to get out of the group, that has to be our goal.

“We look at the group, it’s a tough group, it’s a competitive group. But we believe we can give any team a game and if we do that and we get out of the group, then we will be first Scotland.” team to do that.”

Scotland’s provisional 28-player squad

  • Goalkeepers: Zander Clark (Hearts), Craig Gordon (Hearts), Angus Gunn (Norwich), Liam Kelly (Motherwell)
  • Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Al-Ettifaq), Ross McCrorie (Bristol City), Scott McKenna (Copenhagen), Ryan Porteous (Watford), Anthony Ralston (Celtic), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Rangers), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad)
  • Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Billy Gilmour (Brighton), Ryan Jack (Rangers), Kenny McLean (Norwich), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United) ). )
  • Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Ben Doak (Liverpool), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), James Forrest (Celtic), Lawrence Shankland (Hearts)

He added: “We have been trying to create our own history, we have been trying to create our own history within a nation that has had many good teams in the past, many legends of the game.

“We are trying to create a small part of history and we did that by qualifying for both tournaments, but to be able to qualify from the group would be a huge step and would surpass us even more and give us even more belief than we already have.”

‘Euro 2020 is a learning curve for Scotland’

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 22: Andrew Robertson of Scotland during a Euro 2020 match between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park on June 22, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
Robertson was frustrated that Scotland lost both matches at Hampden Park during Euro 2020.

Euro 2020, which was played in the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was Scotland’s first appearance in a major tournament in 23 years.

Scotland opened the tournament with a 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park before playing out a goalless draw with England at Wembley before a 3-1 defeat to Croatia sealed their elimination.

Despite the disappointing exit, Robertson believes he and his teammates have learned many lessons from that campaign.

Scotland's Andrew Robertson applauds the fans after the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match at Hampden against Croatia
Robertson believes Scotland have learned from their Euro 2020 disappointment

“Obviously qualifying was incredible, but different because it was held behind closed doors,” he said. “The excitement started to build and we knew we were going to have fans in some way, but the world was still in a pretty strange place… so it was different, but we were looking forward to it.

“The way it finally ended for Scotland’s return to a major tournament was still strange as we still only had 10,000 fans at Hampden, which seemed like 50,000 because we had played a full season with no one in the stadiums. But in the end it was a Disappointment when we got there.

“Obviously we got a good result at Wembley, which put us in a position where we could have qualified in the last game, but in the end Croatia were too good for us that day. But the game against the Czech Republic, the game inaugural, it was hard to beat.” because we played very well, we created great opportunities and we didn’t fully take advantage of them and we got caught up in the counterattack, and so we were welcomed to how big tournaments work.

“It was a learning curve and a lot of us, a lot of the team, are similar and hopefully we learned a lesson from that.”

Robertson optimistic about the opening of Euro 2024

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Kris Boyd looks at how Scotland will approach their Euro 2024 opener against Germany and believes the team is not in the tournament just to make up the numbers.

In three weeks, Robertson will lead Scotland into Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena to take on hosts Germany in the opening match of Euro 2024 in what is sure to be a huge occasion.

It’s nothing new for the 30-year-old, who has featured in some big games for Liverpool in recent years, but he admits it will be difficult to treat the Euro 2024 opener as just another game.

Asked what will be going through his mind after leading Scotland in Munich and the national anthem starts playing, he said: “I think the easy answer is to try to treat it like a normal game, but I don’t think that’s possible. .

“I think it’s a special occasion, of course it is: you’re opening the tournament and I think once the national anthem plays, there will be a lot of tartan army there, but also we’ll all be singing it loud and proud.

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Former Scotland international Gary McAllister believes Steve Clarke’s midfield at Euro 2024 will be key in helping the team progress to the knockouts at a major finals for the first time.

“The national anthem in any game we play is a moment of reflection, I always try to do that. I always try to look at where I come from, the people who have helped me along the way, I think that will be no different, but there will be a feeling around it, it will be a special game, of course it will be.

“There will be that feeling in the stomach and that excitement, and we don’t want to take that away from everyone. You can thrive on that and it’s important that we use it to our advantage and not against us.

“Ultimately we are there to get a result, of course a lot of things will happen, the opening ceremony and things like that, but ultimately we are there to get a good start in the tournament and that’s what we want.” “We will be completely focused on when that game comes.”

Robertson to join Souness in exclusive club

Graeme Souness (right) captained Scotland in two major finals.
Graeme Souness (right) captained Scotland in two major finals.

This will be Robertson’s second major tournament and second as Scotland captain.

Only Graeme Souness has captained the Scots to two tournaments so far, and Robertson insists it will be a “special feeling” to join Souness in that exclusive club.

Hearing the comparison with Souness, Robertson said: “I didn’t know. I know Scotland qualified for the tournaments but we haven’t done that for a long time, but the fact that he’s the only one who’s captained twice… well , if I can join him in that, then it will be a very special feeling and that’s what we’re excited to do.

“We are delighted to be in another tournament and most of the team that was in the last one will be in this one.

“The fact that we can represent our country in another tournament is huge and every time I put on the captain’s armband it is the same honor and the same pride.

“After the tournament and when I’m on vacation, I’ll have that moment of reflection and I’ll be able to look back on it with real pride.”

Key dates for Scotland

Monday June 3: Warm-up for Euro 2024, Gibraltar vs Scotland at the Algarve Stadium, Portugal; start at 5 pm

Friday June 7: Warm-up for Euro 2024, Scotland vs Finland at Hampden Park, Glasgow; start 7:45 p.m.

Friday June 7: The final squad of 26 players will be sent to UEFA at 11:00 p.m.

Saturday June 8: Final 26-player squad announced

Sunday June 9: The Scottish team flies to base camp in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Scotland Euro 2024 schedule

Scotland have history in starting tournaments, having faced Brazil in the first match of the 1998 World Cup, a match they narrowly lost 2-1 with a Tom Boyd own goal in the second half.

This time the venue is the Munich Football Arena (Allianz Arena), where Steve Clarke’s team opens the opening match of Euro 2024 against the hosts. Germany in June 14th.

Scotland will also face matches against the eternal qualifiers Swiss in Cologne on 19th of Junewith Hungary – who reached the knockout stage in 2016 – awaits in Stuttgart the June 23.

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