David Marshall sat down for an exclusive interview in the January edition of The Rampage, which is set to be release this Thursday!
The Rams’ goalkeeper discussed his recent heroics to help send Scotland to their first major tournament in over 20 years and his childhood memories of the last time they were there as well as a deeper look into his career and time so far at Derby.
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It’s his first real memory of football. But, little did Marshall, or anyone else for that matter, know that Scotland would have to wait 25 years for another appearance in the European Championships. Twenty-four, maybe. But a global pandemic has shifted the sequence. Damn you, pandemic.
And, instead of diving around the beer garden saving empty panda pop bottles masqueraded as a makeshift football, this time he should, touch wood, be lining up at Wembley Stadium himself. Singing the Scottish national anthem proudly, hopefully in front of a handful of privileged spectators.
“It’s strange to think that it was the last European Championships that Scotland played in,” Marshall said. “All this time later, there is another Scotland versus England game at Wembley coming up so it’s great. The major thing I took away from 1996 was the build-up of the England game, and being in a home nations match, so there was much anticipation around it. It’s such a different feeling now.
“Obviously it is the first time for me getting to a major tournament, so the shoe is now on the other foot and a lot of the talk in Scotland is about the generations of kids and families growing up and missing out on major tournaments.
“I didn’t realise how important it was until I think back to my favourite moments of watching Scotland and it is Euro 96 and France 98, so hopefully it can have the same effect on kids as it did on me. I’m sure it will, especially if the fans are back involved come that time which I hope they are.”
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