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Scotland vs Czech Republic 14th June 2pm

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The wait for Scotland at a major international tournament is over and they kick off their Euro 2020 fixtures with a clash against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park. The Tartan Army have waited 23 years since the 1998 World Cup to watch their team in major competition finals and they will be determined for their warriors to escape the group stage. Steve Clarke guided his team superbly through the qualifiers as the Scots secured their place at Euro 2020 following a penalty shoot-out play-off victory over Serbia.

Scotland are the underdogs but most certainly not whipping boys in Group D. They boast a blend of top talents and a gutsy attitude that can overcome differences in quality between teams.

They will head into every game like a cup final and could actually be England trickiest test if they roll up to Wembley with fire in the belly. Czech Republic are dark horses to enjoy a decent run through the knockout stages as they boast several overlooked attacking stars. They’re the favourites to win here, and on paper they should, but it would be folly to write off Scotland in any game at this tournament.

Liverpool star Andy Robertson, Arsenal ace Kieran Tierney and Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay offer genuine hope that Scotland aren’t just here to make up the numbers. However, they face a stern test in the shape of Czech Republic who boast Premier League pedigree of their own with West Ham duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek

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