Scotland players 'will become legends' if they beat England at Wembley as Derek Whyte recalls Gazza's Euro 96 wondergoal
FORMER Scotland star Derek Whyte has urged Steve Clarke’s men to become ‘legends’ by beating England at Wembley.
The Tartan Army returned to the international big stage on Monday after a 23-year wait when they faced Czech Republic at Hampden Park.
But the feel-good factor was soon ended as Scotland slipped to a 2-0 defeat on home turf – leaving the trip south of the border a must-win.
Whyte, now a TV pundit in the Middle East, is fortunate enough to have represented his country at three major tournaments in the 1990s.
But he believes if the current crop can upset the odds against the Three Lions that they will eclipse anything he and his team-mates achieved.
The former Celtic, Middlesbrough, Aberdeen and Partick Thistle defender told Sun Sport: “They would be legendary. If they could beat England they would be remembered for years.
“This Scottish versus England rivalry has been going on for over a hundred years.
“But Scottish people think they want to beat England more – but having lived there for nearly six years I know the English want to beat us just as much.
“I spoke to Bryan Robson about it when he was my manager at Boro and he was adamant they wanted it just as much – and that’s what a lot of Scottish people don’t get.
“We’ll be right up for it and aggressive of course, but ultimately it will come down to the best team on the day.”
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The most famous meeting between the two old rival nations occurred back at Euro ‘96 when Alan Shearer and the legendary Paul Gascoigne goal sealed a 2-0 win over the Auld Enemy for England.
Whyte had a better view than most that day of Gazza’s strike as he sat on the bench for his country.
And even though they suffered defeat, the 52-year-old still admits it was one of the highlights of career to be involved that day.
Whyte said: “It was unbelievable and one of those days that I look back on and think ‘Wow, I was there’.
“Growing up I’d watch England vs Scotland at Wembley, way back to the likes of Joe Jordan, Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan… all great players and then all of a sudden I’m actually walking out at Wembley.
“The Tartan Army were all there along with the English and the atmosphere was just electric.
“I just couldn’t believe I was there when I’m looking across at the likes of Teddy Sherringham, Gazza, Tony Adams and David Seaman.
“I was playing in the Premier League anyway but I just thought ‘Wow’.”
Whyte added: “We actually played OK in the game but Gary McAllister obviously missed the penalty and then Gazza scored that incredible goal that only he could produce against Colin Hendry.
“I still wind big Col up about that – but it was such an incredible atmosphere and it was so disappointing not to qualify for the knockouts.”
Many Scottish fans are calling for Southampton striker Che Adams to start against England after he came off the bench against the Czechs.
And Whyte believes he could be the man to fire them to glory – although he admits he fancies Gareth Southgate’s side to go all the way this summer.
He added: “We’ve got a very good group but my only worry is the forwards.
“Scotland in the past have had some great forwards from the likes of Dalglish, Brian McClair, Ally McCoist and Gordon Durie and Kevin Gallacher.
“Lyndon Dykes has done alright and I like the young boy Kevin Nisbet but I think defensively we are OK but I just worry where the goals will come from.
“Adams could make a difference. It could just fall right for anyone, that little stroke of luck and strange things can happen in football and they go on grab a couple of more goals.
“But I look at the England squad and I think it’s absolutely fantastic with really good players.
“I think back to the midfield they used to have with Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes and Beckham, it was incredible, but they never won it.
“They have unreal talent again and I think they have a real chance to go all the way and win it this summer.”
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