GARY ANDERSON has vowed to win the darts World Cup and put a smile on the faces of Scottish footie fans.
The Flying Scotsman leads the Dartan Army tonight as they bid to go one better than last year and lift the arrows most prestigious team title.
Ando is joined by Robert Thornton following Peter Wright’s shock withdrawal last week as they take on New Zealand pairing Warren Parry and Cody Harris in their opener in Frankfurt.
The World Champion is hoping that he and The Thorn can give Scots sporting fans a boost after missing out on the Euros.
He said: “I think it’ll be a tough few weeks for the football fans having to suffer watching England, Wales, Northern and Republic of Ireland in the Euros.
“I would imagine a lot of Scots have taken some stick from fans over not making it. I just hope we can do our bit and win the World Cup.
“It would be nice to win it for the Dartan Army. They have supported us through thick and thin. We’ve made a right mess of a few of the World Cups and lost to teams we frankly shouldn’t have.
“But that was the early days of the tournament and it’s taken time for the organisation to be right. Last year was a bit more like it and we played better.
“It was gutting to miss out to England, of all teams, in the final. Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor haven’t let me forget that for an entire year.
“You wouldn’t believe the stick I’ve taken. They don’t shut up goading me and they’ll be at it when we arrive in Frankfurt, non-stop yapping in my ear as we practice.
“It’s good natured, don’t get me wrong. But I really want to ram those words down their necks after this weekend.
“I think England have all the pressure. They are the favourites and Netherlands will get a lot of support in Germany, their fans will go there in force.
“To be honest I don’t think people will be focusing on Robert and I too much. Sky Sports will be England this and Netherlands that. Phil and Michael van Gerwen will get all the attention. I don’t mind that, I hate the spotlight.”
Ando admits that while the Kiwi pair are not household names on the big stage, he knows that Scotland have had a wretched record in this tournament previous to last year.
Previous to last year’s final appearance they have been woeful crashing out to minnows Spain twice, South Africa and Northern Ireland.
He added: “I take nothing for granted in this game, every match is a potential banana skin and embarrassing giant-killing.
“These guys turn up with their big chance on TV to play for their country and they want it big time. Robert and I have just got to make sure we are equally up for it.
“It takes some time to get into a rhythm, especially in the doubles matches. But we just need to knuckle down and concentrate in every match.
“Warren and Cody will want to produce a big upset against us. It’s just about starting well and building up some momentum and confidence over the weekend. I love playing with Robert, so we should be OK.”
Betway World Cup of Darts, 8pm, Sky Sports.
First Round: Hungary v Thailand, USA v Philippines, Norway v Gibraltar, Denmark v Sweden, Belgium v Poland, Scotland v New Zealand, Netherlands v Russia, Australia v Germany.
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