Writer: Tactful Sheik
Date:Monday September 10 2007
There were a few Dundee United supporters disappointed at Alex McLeish`s decision not to include Barry Robson in the Scotland side to play Lithuanian at the weekend.
The Scotland boss gave United captain Robson a 2nd half debut in the recent 1-0 friendly win over South Africa - but didn`t even give him a place on the bench for the weekends match at Hampden.
Several football pundits commented on the lack of crosses from the wider areas during the European Championship qualifier, something which 28-year-old Robson does extremely well for Dundee United in the SPL.
Although, even without Barry Robson, Scotland still managed to win the match 3-1, with goals from Rangers` Kris Boyd (31mins), Celtic`s Stephen McManus (77mins) and Everton`s James McFadden (83mins).
Before the Lithuania win, Robson admitted the confidence was high in the training camp, but Scotland now sit 2nd in their group and have nothing to fear about playing leaders France on Wednesday night.
Robson could face up against Thierry Henry for the second time this season, after the French striker made his debut for Barcelona against Dundee United in a high profile pre-season friendly at Tannadice.
After Henry`s late winner, the former Arsenal player praised the United captain and midfielder Craig Conway.
"He made some nice comments about me when we played against Barcelona in a friendly and everybody knows how good France are" admitted Robson to Sky Sports.
"Comments from great players do help, but I think you've got to get there on your own merits."
"In the past two or three years, I've started to develop as a football player and became a lot more mature."
"I've worked really hard on my fitness. I have been staying behind at training and that's really helped me and you get your just rewards when you work hard."
"It's been a real long, hard journey to get here and it will be even harder to stay, but I am ready for the challenge."
Date:Monday September 10 2007
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