Euro 2020: Scottish captain Andy Robertson gives passionate rallying cry for Czech Republic game
Scotland captain Robertson launched a passionate rallying cry ahead of the Group D opener against the Czech Republic, urging his team-mates to “write their own story” by becoming the first team in the country’s history to qualify for the the round of 16 of a competition. .
The Liverpool left-back knows a winning start against the Czechs could be crucial to their qualifying hopes in a group that started with seeded England beating Croatia 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday.
“We’ve always said we weren’t here to make up numbers,” said Robertson. “We’re not just happy to be in the tournament, we want to be successful there.
“We have a difficult group and it will be difficult. But our goal must be to get out of the group, which nobody has done before. If we can do it, we are writing our own story.
“But we have to go game by game. I know people are going to get carried away but let’s focus on Monday and hopefully we can get all three points and then focus on England next Friday.
“The manager and I made it clear that we had to take it step by step. We are not looking too far into the future. That’s why Monday is massive.
“I already know the players are ready for this. We are ready to go. You don’t need words to be more motivated now. It’s important to stay calm, composed, and ready – then get all the weapons in the game. “
Robertson feels privileged to be the man who wears the skipper’s armband as he follows iconic figures such as Billy Bremner, Graeme Souness and Colin Hendry to lead Scotland to a major final.
“These guys are legends of the Scottish game,” he said. “I just feel lucky enough to wear the armband, but it’s not just about me. It’s about this whole team and I’m just delighted that we can become a group of players who have played for Scotland in a major tournament.
“I’m the one lucky enough to walk in front of them. This is what we dreamed of when we were little boys playing in the park. This dream is about to come true.
“I was only four when Scotland went to France 98 and I don’t remember a thing. My generation missed the presence of Scotland in the big tournaments.
“That’s why we have to ask our mothers, fathers and grandparents her story and watch it on TV because we have never experienced it.
“It’s up to us to create our own memories. A lot has changed in the world and in life since 1998. It has been a long time and football has changed a lot too. The guys are excited to be a part of history and make our own. “