Scotland star Kieran Tierney says the 2-2 draw with England ‘still hurts’ as the Arsenal star looks ahead to the next meeting with ‘the auld enemy.’

Tierney featured in that famous match at Hampden in 2017 when two Leigh Griffiths free-kick’s looked to have sealed a memorable win for Gordon Strachan’s side. But a Harry Kane leveler at the death broke the current Arsenal star’s heart and ended the game 2-2.

The Arsenal star and Scotland will meet with England this summer at Wembley.

The Arsenal star and Scotland will meet with England this summer at Wembley. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

They meet for the first time since at Euro 2020 this summer, Tierney recalling the occasion (FFT): “I sometimes find myself watching the anthems back. The camera cuts to the fans and it’s so loud. That memory will never leave me. It still hurts not to have won. We sat in the changing room, heads in hands. We were so close and should’ve won.”

Thriving at Arsenal, many have praised Tierney’s performances for Mikel Arteta’s side this season. It’s his second term in the Premier League and Tierney said: “I knew that going to Arsenal was a massive jump and that it would challenge me in ways that wouldn’t even have occurred to me beforehand.

 

“It’s not been easy, and the transition off the park was a lot harder than it was on it, but having had a bit of breathing space to reflect on things, it’s made me a better player and a better person. That’s the main objective in life, isn’t it?

“To be the best version of yourself that you can be. First and foremost, you have to play with your head, but for me, so much of football is about playing with your heart.”

NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.

Have something to tell us about this article?