Scottish skipper Andy Robertson was ‘discovered in Dundee’, as was France 98 World Cup captain Colin Hendry –

Scottish skipper Andy Robertson was ‘discovered in Dundee’, as was France 98 World Cup captain Colin Hendry – fr

Discovered in Dundee, settled in England, moving for Scotland.
In three weeks, former Dundee United star Andy Robertson will lead his country to Euro 2020, Scotland’s first appearance to a major final in 23 years.

The last player to wear the captain’s armband for Scotland at a major tournament, Colin Hendry, also learned his trade in Dundee when he was young at Dens Park.

The City of Discovery is where the talents of both players were discovered.

Robertson, 27, won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year title at Tannadice before winning £ 2.85million in Hull City in July 2014.

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Andy Robertson played for United in the 2014 Scottish Cup final before moving to Hull City

Hendry, who got the Captain Braveheart label in his 51 caps in Scotland, started as a teenager for Dark Blues before joining Blackburn Rovers in 1987.

Both have won the English Premier League with their clubs – Hendry at Blackburn in 1992 and Robertson at Liverpoool two years ago.

Robertson, who has played 43 times for Scotland, will join Hendry next month as part of an illustrious group of players to lead their nation to a big tournament.

And former Scotland boss Craig Brown – who handled the nation’s hopes in France 1998 – believes the similarities in ex-Terror Robbo’s path to success may help him emulate the inspiring leadership of Hendry.

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Colin Hendry started his career in Dundee before moving south to Blackburn

“I don’t know Andy personally, but I really admire him as a player and a character,” said Brown, who coaches Scotland as an assistant and manager at five majors. “I see a lot of Colin Hendry in him. I think he’s a fantastic leader.

“They both played for Dundee early in their careers. They were discovered in the city before moving south.

“They have both won the biggest prize in English football and are fiercely patriotic. All of these things are so important to a Scottish captain.

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Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry has won 51 caps, including that clash with England in 1999

“It was clear how much Scotland meant to Colin Hendry and Robertson made no secret of his love for his country.

“You need that passion as a Scottish captain. You can see it on Robertson’s face as he lines up for his country.

“The fact that he played his early years at Hampden for Queen’s Park will also help him feel attached to Scotland.

“The fans need to see it. When I was manager of Scotland I always made sure the players sang the national anthem at the top of their voices and if they didn’t know the words they had to move their lips!

“Robertson has a strong character. When you watch him in Liverpool he’s very vocal. He is still screaming, still encouraging.

“You need your captain to be positive. You want him to be brave, but you also want him to be calm and lead by example in the field.

“I don’t want my captain in the locker room with war paint screaming at the top of his lungs.

“I want him to be calm and assertive. Colin was like that as a captain and you can see Andy has the confidence to lead.

“This confidence comes from success. It’s a huge achievement to win England’s Premier League and both have done it.

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Andy Robertson won the Champions League and the English Premier League in Liverpool

“It sends a signal of intent to the rest of the team and it also signals to the opposition that you are a good player. “

Brown has fond memories of Hendry leading his Scottish side to the World Cup opener past 80,000 against Brazil at Stade de France in 1998.

Brazil boasted of a front line of Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Bebeto, but with the influence of Hendry, Brown convinced the Scottish players that they had earned the right to live with the Sambo superstars.

“There is so much hype around games like this in Brazil, but Scotland deserved to be on the same stage,” said Brown. “The moments before a big game are so important.

“Before this match at the Stade de France, our players went out in kilts. It went well with everyone – including the Brazil fans!

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Scottish stars wore kilts before facing Brazil in Paris

“It helped the players get rid of their nerves and motivated them for the game.

“Music plays a big role and while it is not necessarily Andy Robertson’s job as captain to choose the music, he can have a say.

“I used to appoint a musical host and for me it’s really important that the whole team listen to the same songs.

“I had club soccer players from Jamaica and we listened to reggae music as a team. The important thing is to do it together.

“I know a lot of gamers love their own headphones these days. It’s fine in an airport, but in a locker room you should all hear the same melody.

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Scottish fans gathered to cheer on their team against Brazil

“Humor is also important to calm the nerves.

“I remember in the match against Brazil, I saw their players come out holding hands. It’s a Brazilian ritual but I said to my players: “They are so cute that Bebeto and Rivaldo are holding hands.

“Scotland won the right to play at France 98 and they won the right to be at the Euros.

“They should go into it with confidence and conviction. I already feel like there’s a lot more hype around Scotland qualifying than there was when we did.

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Colin Hendry faced Brazilian superstar Ronaldo in 1998

“I’ve been to five tournaments in a row. I was invited to help Sir Alex Ferguson in Mexico in 1986, I was assistant to Andy Roxburgh in Italy 90 and Euro 92 and I was manager for Euro 96 and France ’98.

“I don’t remember the same hype or the excitement when we qualified. We expected to get there and the hype only started when there was an almighty scramble for tickets for 96 euros or to go to France.

“We’ve waited so long for this moment that I think the whole country is behind us.

“I’m still part of a European coaches network and coaches from all over always tell me these tournaments are not the same without Scotland and the Tartan army. It’s great to be back in our place. “

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Craig Brown was the last coach to lead Scotland to a major final


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