He likes watching his big moment to the theme of Titanic – but Derby County and Scotland star David Marshall says inspiring the next generation is the all-important thing.

The veteran goalkeeper made himself a national hero last month. His big save in Serbia helped Scotland win a Euro 2020 play-off final, the Derby County star sealing a place at the major tournament.

Massive moment for the nation, courtesy of the Derby County man.

Massive moment for the nation, courtesy of the Derby County man. (Photo by Nikolay Doychinov – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It’s the nation’s first bow at such an event since 1998, meaning many kids will get to see their country at a major finals for the first time. Derby County’s veteran stopper played a big part in that.

Marshall was quizzed on his big moment by pupils at Miller Primary, Castlemilk, Glasgow, helping launch a digital teaching project, titled Learning Through Football.

It includes activities based around next summer’s major tournament, with two of Scotland’s matches set to be played at Hampden Park, the other at Wembley Stadium. It’s a project backed by Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

Marshall has been chatting to the next generation. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Derby County keeper Marshall says it’s nice to see the progression have a positive impact already, reflecting on his big moment: “It’s great to see that qualifying for this is already having a positive influence on young people.


“It makes you realise the importance of what we’ve done. It’s important that football, as our national sport, is back on the national curriculum. It’s encouraging that the country can share in what the team has achieved, especially the next generation of young people we want to inspire.

“I do like Titanic. I saw that the morning after the game. Yes, the Titanic is nice.”

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