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Andrew Robertson reveals World Cup talk with David Alaba

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The Scotland captain admits he has found watching the World Cup difficult after failing to qualify.

Andrew Robertson has revealed his conversation with David Alaba about their shared regret of not qualifying for the World Cup.

Scotland collected 23 points from their ten group-stage games in the World Cup qualifiers. Robertson and co reached the playoffs but crashed out after a 3-1 defeat against Ukraine.

In a similar pattern, Austria finished the group stage as the runner-ups before losing 2-1 against Wales in the playoffs.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Robertson admitted he hadn’t watched many World Cup games so far.

Asked how he has found watching the World Cup, he responded: “Difficult, not really watched it, to be honest.

[I] tried to switch off from football for a couple of weeks. Slowly but surely, the last couple of days, [I] started watching a couple more of the games and things like that.

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“I was obviously in the other part of the world where time difference was a wee bit [different] and I didn’t want to stay up and watch the games. I’ve watched all the games now – I want all the lads to do well.

“Darwin [Nunez] is already out, which is disappointing for him, but the other lads are going strong and they look really good and their teams look really good.”

The Liverpool star revealed he and Alaba about talked about their absence in the Qatar tournament.

“When I went on holiday I actually bumped into David Alaba and he’s in a similar boat obviously playing with Austria,” Robertson added.

“He said he’d been to a couple of Euros, but never been to a World Cup. 

“We were both kind of talking that we were getting on a bit, so the chances are running out for us to qualify.

“But yeah, look, the last couple of games I’ve watched you’ve seen the passion of the fans, passion of the players representing their country and the biggest tournament always is a massive, massive thing for you.”