Liverpool defender Andy Robertson owned up to his mistake during Scotland’s 3-1 defeat to England at Hampden on Tuesday night.
It might have been a friendly on paper, but everyone knew before the game that it was going to be played like a competitive match, with Andy Robertson leading his team out to a raucous home crowd.
Already 1-0 down after half an hour, Robertson had a moment to well and truly forget as the Liverpool man gifted Jude Bellingham and England their second of the evening going into the break.
After the ball fell to Robertson inside the penalty area, all he had to do was put his laces through the ball and clear the danger, but instead, he passed the ball right into the path of Bellingham to score, which he has since apologised for, as he told beIN SPORTS.
The £100k-a-week star (Spotrac) is usually a reliable figure for both club and country, but that moment proved to be costly because it allowed Gareth Southgate’s side to silence the home crowd.
But rather than hiding away and heading back to Liverpool ahead of a return to Premier League action, Robertson accepted his mistake and stated ‘that can’t happen’.
Bellingham pounces on Robertson’s mistake
“It was individual errors that probably cost us,” said Robertson. “The first goal. We know they are a threat from throw-ins. They like switching the play quickly.
“The second goal is completely my fault. That can’t happen. You take that on the chin and you try to react.
“I hate letting this team down and that’s what I felt I did. I didn’t quite expect the ball to land on my feet and then I tried to clear it, but obviously, it has fallen to him. And when you are coming up against Bellingham, in the form he is in, unfortunately, he isn’t going to let you get away with it.
“Hugely disappointed. I had to apologise to the team.”
Robertson leading Scotland to Euro 2024
The defeat to England will hurt the Scotland fans, but on a positive note, they are very close to securing their ticket to Germany for Euro 2024.
Robertson has played a key part in that success, not forgetting that they have won five in five during their Euro 2024 qualifiers.
The Liverpool man may have had a rest for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but he will have a few dates booked for next summer, that’s for sure.