Scotland manager Steve Clarke has selected his XI to take on Czech Republic for the nation’s opening Group D match at Euro 2020 – and Arsenal star Kieran Tierney doesn’t make the cut.
Tierney suffered a knee injury with Arsenal in April but pulled through two friendly matches against Luxembourg and Netherlands. He has not made Clarke’s XI through fitness concerns in a big blow, Southampton striker Che Adams only making the bench. Liam Cooper comes into the XI while Stuart Armstrong replaces his Saints teammate.
Anticipation has been building for months after Scotland secured their return to tournament football for the first time since 1998. Clarke’s side beat Serbia in Belgrade via a penalty shootout in November 2020 to reach the major tournament, the Czechs, England and Croatia to come next.
Clarke – who’s team have travelled to Hampden Park from their training base in Darlington, England – is happy to see the nation in high spirits: “We can’t wait, to be honest. It feels like everyone in the country is excited about the tournament and that’s fantastic.
“That said, I was a little bit nervous on the drive from the airport to the hotel when we were on the M8 and all the cars were slowing down to toot their horns. They were swerving to avoid each other but thankfully there were no incidents.
“Everyone wanted to wish us well and that’s great. So we’re definitely aware of the magnitude of this game and know what it means to everyone. Like we keep saying, we just want to get to the game, get started and hopefully we can achieve a little bit more. And do the country proud.”
Here’s Scotland XI in full.
Scotland XI v Czech Republic
Marshall; Hendry, Hanley, Cooper; O’Donnell, McGinn, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson; Armstrong; Dykes.
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