Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has named his Scotland XI to take on Denmark in World Cup 2022 qualifying – with Liverpool man and captain Andy Robertson in a new position.
The Liverpool left-back is playing right-back due to natural choices Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson being unavailable for the match. Clarke’s plans have been hampered in Denmark by injuries to Greg Taylor, James Forrest, Scott McTominay and Stuart Armstrong. Scotland are on five points from three matches so far in the group.
Moldova and Austria are still to come this week but this match, against the Euro 2020 semi-finalists, is undoubtedly the hardest challenge. Robertson hopes that the pain of exiting the Euros at the group stages can drive Scotland on to Qatar next year.
He said: “It (Euro 2020) needs to play on my mind and the minds of all the players and coaches to drive us forward. We were 90 minutes away from making history by becoming the first team to qualify out the group. But we didn’t manage that. The day after it was all quite raw and the feelings we all had were very similar.
“Reflecting on that game, credit has to go to Croatia – that was the best team we played in the group. Obviously England have quality but we really did perform against them. We gave it everything we had and I look back on it with pride, being able to represent the country at a major tournament.
“But it’s in the past now and we’re looking forward. It’s about being involved in the next tournament and trying to be involved in that.”
Here is the starting XI in Denmark.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 1, 2021
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