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Hutchison: Passion a must for Scots
Published : 12 Aug 2013 15:16:53Rss feed
Don Hutchison believes Scotland's English-born contingent will have to battle harder than their homegrown team-mates when they take on England on Wednesday if they are to convince the Tartan Army of their true loyalties.
The 42-year-old - raised in Gateshead - was the last Scotland player to score against England when his header secured a 1-0 win in London back in 1999.
He and goalkeeper Neil Sullivan were both raised in England but put on determined displays as Craig Brown's side narrowly missed out on a place at Euro 2000 when they lost their play-off decider 2-1 on aggregate.
Hutchison admits he felt he had to up his work-rate beyond the levels shown by his colleagues born north of the border so that the Scotland support would have no reason to doubt his commitment.
And he believes the likes of James Morrison, Matt Gilks, Russell Martin, George Boyd, Liam Bridcutt and Jordan Rhodes must do the same if they are to win over the notoriously passionate Scotland support.
Hutchison, who qualified for Scotland through his Nairn-born father, said: "I was always the type of character that would give 100 per cent. I knew I had to prove myself.
"We had three or four guys in the squad who were born down in England like myself and Neil Sullivan. We knew we had to do a bit more, not to convince the players because we were picked on merit, but to prove it to the fans.
"We had to put the miles in and never shirk a 50-50 challenge. We had to let the fans see that we were fully committed.
"I got a couple of goals early on in my Scotland career and that helped. They could see I always gave my all.
"The likes of James Morrison and the other English-born lads will know they have got a wee bit more to do.
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