Scotland captain Andy Robertson admits he became a fan of Wednesday’s opponents Denmark in this summer’s European Championship after they recovered from the horror of Christian Eriksen’s health scare to reach the semi-finals.
The Denmark midfielder collapsed in the 42nd minute of their opener against Finland in Copenhagen at Euro 2020 and had to be resuscitated on the pitch before he was taken off on a stretcher, later confirmed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
The match was suspended and Denmark lost 1-0 when play resumed later that evening and Kasper Hjulmand’s side then went down 2-1 to Belgium in the next fixture.
However, a revival began with a 4-1 victory over Russia in the final group game before Denmark went all the way to the last four where they lost 2-1 to England after extra-time at Wembley.
Ahead of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday, Liverpool left-back Robertson recalled the Euros as he summed up the task ahead for Steve Clarke’s side.
He said: “Obviously they couldn’t have got off to a tougher start, forget about football, in terms of life and the way they dealt with that alone was worthy of them.
“I think everyone was a Denmark fan once their own country went out and I was no different.
“They impressed everyone, the way they bounced back from the horrific thing that happened and obviously, luckily Eriksen is OK.
“The players dealt with it magnificently and went on to make their country even prouder.
“They started to show their quality on the pitch by getting to the semi-finals and that is what we have got to be worried about tomorrow night.
“They are fantastic players, they have a team that is willing to fight for each other and, when you have that, it is always a difficult opponent to play against.
“But we have that as well. We fight for each other, we go out and try to leave nothing on the pitch.”