‘We’ve Come A Long Way In A Short Time’: Steve Clarke Revels In Scotland Progress

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Confidence can take many forms. When it was announced that Italy and Portugal would join his Scottish squad in the World Cup play-offs in March, Steve Clarke, who is not known for making bold statements, remained unfazed.

“Scotland are there too,” said Clarke. “And anybody who watched our game against Denmark will be thinking: ‘That’ll be a tough game.’ We will see what this draw brings and deal with it in March. I keep saying it, we are decent. We wanted to finish the campaign on a high and I think you saw the way we approached the game was very positive.”

It was one thing for the Danes to lose in Glasgow after winning nine of their previous nine qualifiers. The Scottish performance drew praise for its coherence and technical prowess. They won by a comfortable 2-0 margin. As Hampden Park danced, late June felt like a lifetime ago, when Scotland was swept out of Euro 2020 after only claiming a single point in the group stage.

“We have come a long way in a short space of time and it’s great, so let’s just enjoy it,” Clarke added. “It has been a good campaign. It was nice to take part in our first tournament. I don’t know if anyone remembers but I did say at the time I felt we would come out of that tournament as a better team and better squad. I think we have proved that. I think we have improved as a team for the fact that we have been together. We got criticised for the tournament but we learned at the tournament and that was important.”

Source : guardian sport

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