David Marshall insists Derby County manager Wayne Rooney snubbed England to watch his Scotland heroics in Serbia.

The veteran goalkeeper made the crucial save in the penalty shootout with Serbia in Euro 2020 play-off final competition last November, sealing Scotland’s return to tournament football this summer. England were playing too, but the Derby County boss wasn’t watching his nation.


The Derby County keeper is now a Scotland hero. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Marshall explained (Daily Record): “Wayne hasn’t mentioned the England game but he did say that the Serbia match was the only time he had ever switched over and watched Scotland before England. I am sure that will come. We have some work to do at Derby County to finish off our season and then I’m sure there will be a bit of banter come that time.

“It’s Wayne’s first role and he’s growing into it. He’s been great with young players and given them a lot of chances, the academy at Derby is really good. As a player he was a winner and really aggressive – that’s the way he likes his teams to play.


“We’re very much on the front foot and we worry about ourselves rather than the opposition. He’s been great as it’s been difficult for him. We’ve been going through a transition with the ownership stuff, which broke down in January, and with Philip Cocu leaving as the manager in mid-season when Wayne was still playing.

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Rooney is Marshall’s boss. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

“We had a really good start when he came in but in the last six or seven games we have had a few injuries and it has culminated in a drop in form. We should have enough quality there and this break came at a good time for us to get everybody back fit.”

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