McTominay is a key player for Scotland as they look to upset their rivals and get their first points of Euro 2020 on the board, and the Manchester United man has a message for England’s stars
Scott McTominay has warned Wembley will hold no fears for Scotland’s brave hearts.
Manchester United midfielder McTominay insists that Scotland’s journey to the Euros has left them believing they can beat anyone in the tournament.
McTominay says even the setback of losing their Group opener to Czech Republic on Monday has not killed their confidence they can pull off a shock against bitter rivals England.
Scotland rode their luck and their nerves to reach the Euros this summer via the play-offs and they are determined not to fall at the first hurdle but they cannot afford another defeat.
Scotland star McTominay said: “There has to be belief, there has to be a confidence level that you can go to any team and play well against them, whether that’s England at Wembley or a different nation.
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“You have to have that self belief, that level of arrogance where we are more than suited to play on this stage and we’ve proved that on our journey to get here. We’ve had it tough. It’s not been easy.
“We need to enjoy the moment and I feel we were unfortunate on Monday, we conceded a goal which could not have come at a worse time but we can take positives from Monday which can help us.”
Scotland are boosted by the return of fit-again Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney who missed Monday’s game but boss Steve Clarke has confirmed he is ready to play.
McTominay insists that can lift the whole squad with his spirit and determination in what will be a battle of wills at Wembley.
He added: “The boys respect him a lot, everyone can see how important he is to us. It’s a big deal, we need him back, he’s a top player, he’s an amazing character as well and we rely on him a lot in terms of what he brings to the squad.”
Clarke said: “It is good news for Kieran, good news for us and good news for the Scottish supporters.
“Hopefully we can back all that up with a good result. He has trained fully the last two days. He is available for the whole game.”
Tierney is expected to line up on the left-hand side of a three-man defence, with captain Andy Robertson outside of him at wing-back.
Liverpool star Robertson was instrumental in Scotland’s attacking play in their opener against Czech Republic, providing a real threat down the flank and creating six chances for his team.
England boss Gareth Southgate said at his press conference: “Him [Tierney] and Andy Robertson form a very good partnership. We know they have got some very good players!”
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