Tigers’ duo restore Irish pride but Robertson rues Scots’ start

hull city’s international brigade sampled milestone evenings on Tuesday as the Tigers were left to reflect on another noteworthy night in their modern history.
Tigers Andrew Robertson.Tigers Andrew Robertson.
Tigers Andrew Robertson.

Pride of place went to Cork-born midfielder David Meyler, who captained the Republic of Ireland for the first time in his career in their 4-1 friendly success over the USA in Dublin.

Meyler’s Tigers team-mate Robbie Brady also had a stand-out night in netting an eye-catching double in the victory.

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On his captaincy honour, Meyler said: “I only just found out when the manager announced the team. He (Martin O’Neill) just said: ‘David, you are going to captain the side.’

“It’s the proudest moment of my career. I was lost for wounds.”

The win helped Ireland get back on track after Friday’s disappointing Euro 2016 qualifying defeat at Scotland, something that Brady, despite his two goals, felt superseded his own exploits.

He said: “It was good to get my first home goals for (Ireland), I am over the moon with that.

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“But it was a big deal to go and put in a decent performance, after the other night. It was not the result we wanted.”

While Meyler and Brady’s team-mate Andrew Robertson was left to toast a famous win last Friday against the Republic, the Hull left-back could not help secure a famous winning double with victory over England on Tuesday on a bittersweet evening at Celtic Park.

Robertson netted his first international goal for Scotland, but his error helped set up England’s second goal in a 3-1 loss.

Robertson, who watched the previous England versus Scotland game in August 2013 from his sofa at his home in Dundee, said: “It was a tough match for us but we never really got going while England were on top of their game.

“If we had got going, we may have caused them problems.”