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Scotland can take points off England - Hull's Robertson

Andrew Robertson has impressed in the Premier League with Hull Credit: PA

Scotland left-back Andy Robertson believes his side can take points off England if they replicate their most recent performance.

Gordon Strachan's team kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia at Hampden, a result which left them two points off second place in Group F.

Group F leaders England have yet to concede a goal at the midway stage of the qualifiers but Robertson feels Scotland can pose a threat at Hampden on June 10.

Scotland needed an 88th-minute winner from Chris Martin on Sunday night but they hit the woodwork twice through Leigh Griffiths and had by far the better of the game's chances.

And Robertson believes it shows there's still hope for Scotland in reaching the World Cup, even if it means they need a result against England.

We are only two points off second.

We've got a massive game coming up next, we have England at home, and if we show that tempo and desire then you never know what happens. If we pick up points in that game then we are right back in it.

From what I remember, that's the best we have played in a while. Especially first half, we were creating chances and the tempo we were pressing at, the midfielders were all over the place and the wingers were pressing, and the defence was tight.

I think they only had one shot at goal the whole game and that's what we have been asking for. I thought the defence looked solid and the whole team looked solid as a defensive unit.

First half we were bang at it. We should have probably gone in two or three up if I'm being honest. Griff was gutted he never put them away but that's football and we moved on.

We kept going in the second half, they came into it a wee bit more. We huffed and puffed a wee bit but it was all about the win and we managed to get it.

– Andy Robertson


Gibson: England call-up is something you dream of

Ben Gibson didn't make his debut, but was pleased to get a first call-up to the international squad Credit: PA

Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson has spoken of his pride after earning his first senior England call-up for Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania.

The 24-year-old revealed he had been set to jet off on a short break with his girlfriend when he got the call from Gareth Southgate to join the squad after an injury to Chris Smalling.

Gibson, who has impressed in the Boro back-line this season despite their slump into the relegation zone, was an unused substitute in the routine Wembley win, and told the BBC he couldn't wait to link up with the squad.

It has all been a bit of whirlwind - I had just got my boarding passes printed for a short trip to Majorca with my girlfriend when I got the call on Friday lunchtime.

The trip had to be put on hold and I couldn't get down (to Wembley) quickly enough.

To be called up to represent your country, to be a part of it, is such a proud moment, not just for me, for my family who go everywhere with me.

It's something you dream of growing up and it was a privilege to be there.

– Ben Gibson


Scholes backs Rooney to fight for England place

Wayne Rooney has lost his place in United's XI and in the England squad as a result Credit: PA

Former England midfielder Paul Scholes believes Wayne Rooney still has a role to play for the Three Lions.

The ex-Manchester United star claims his old club and country team-mate Rooney is far from finished on the international stage.

Captain Rooney was left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Germany and Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

He has been battling a knee injury while Southgate also had doubts over his lack of game time.

Rooney has made only nine Premier League starts for Manchester United this season and scored just five club goals with his future at Old Trafford in doubt.

But Southgate has said record England scorer Rooney, who has 119 caps, remains in his thoughts and Scholes feels Rooney should remain part of the Three Lions set-up.

Wayne has been a sensational footballer for England and Manchester United for nearly 15 years. He is greatly respected and I still think he has a part to play with United and England.

He has great experience, he can pass knowledge on to young players and it's up to Gareth if and when he wants to use it.

I don't want to talk about him going to another English club, I hope he gets himself back into the United team. He has a fight on his hands but the Wayne Rooney I know is someone who will face that challenge and try to do it.

He still has a prominent role to play for England and United. There's been a lot of speculation over where he goes now but Wayne, with what he's done, has earned the right to do what he wants to do. I hope he does stay and fight.

– Paul Scholes

England return an emotional occasion for hero Defoe

Jermain Defoe led England's team out despite Joe Hart being captain Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe struggled to keep his emotions in check after hitting the target on his first England appearance in three and a half years.

The Sunderland striker has not worn the Three Lions since November 2013 but showed he has lost none of his poacher's pedigree when his first-time finish teed England up for a 2-0 win over Lithuania.

It was the 34-year-old's 20th goal at international level, coming four years and four days since his 19th, but there was another reason the moment felt special.

Defoe was accompanied on to the pitch by terminally-ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery, the Sunderland fan with whom he has formed a "best mates" bond in recent months.

Joe Hart was named England captain for the evening but insisted Defoe and Lowery lead the team out. The striker told ITV how the occasion left him emotional, but remains aware he needs to continue his good form at club level.

It's hard to put into words really.

I had to keep my emotions (under control), obviously little Brad was with me. You can imagine how I felt doing that, having done it with my club as well, it was special.

Just to be back playing with the lads was a great feeling. I enjoyed it, it's been a good week.

Just to win the game was important and we did that. It's hard to put in words really to be back.

Obviously I've got to go back to my club and make sure we finish the season strong. Like I've always done, I'll keep my head down and see what happens.

– Jermain Defoe
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