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Vauxhall to end Home Nations sponsorship in 2018

Vauxhall have sponsored England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2011. Credit: PA

Vauxhall will end a seven-year sponsorship deal with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when its current agreement expires after the 2018 World Cup.

The car manufacturer has been the leading partner of the Home Nations since 2011 but revealed in a statement issued to Press Association Sport that all four links will be severed next year.

England announced their 2014 World Cup squad at Vauxhall's headquarters in Luton, with the British car maker playing a major role in media activities and across social media platforms - especially at last summer's European Championships where England, Wales and Northern Ireland all competed.

Vauxhall said in its statement that it had "agreed to explore other opportunities to continue its relationship with the FAs beyond the conclusion of the existing contracts".


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
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