The Scotland national team is ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Austria at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Thursday. Last November, a ticket to the European Championship and thus the first tournament’s participation since the 1998 World Cup was decided, it should now also work with the final round in 2022. Team boss Steve Clarke clarified: “We don’t want to be satisfied with the start of the European Championship, we also want to be in Qatar.”
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For the Scots, the World Cup qualifier continues with the match against Israel on Sunday, awaiting the home game against the Faroe next Wednesday. The number 48 in the world rankings – Austria is ranked 23rd – has good memories, especially with Israel. In October of last year, the Scots won the European Championship play-off semi-finals against a team monitored by Willie Rattensteiner on penalties, a month later they won again on penalties against away top-ranked Serbs.
Scotland is hoping for fans on EM
This completed the third European Championship partnership. Earlier, in 1992 and 1996, the Scots qualified for the continental tournament. He also competed in the World Championships eight times (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998). Scotland did not survive the group stage in any of these ten finals.
That should change in summer. On EM it is in Group D against the Czech Republic and Croatia in Glasgow and in London against England. For these games, Clarke is hoping for the support of fans, who are still locked up against Austria due to the coronovirus epidemic. “This is a huge setback for us. Hopefully EM will change when even more people are now vaccinated,” said 57-year-old Clarke, who has been in office since 2019 and who herself received the first dose. Vaccine two weeks ago.
Its squad mainly consists of players who work in the Scottish House of Lords or England. Not all England giants are on contract with Premier League clubs, but Clarke could fall back on two professionals at the top clubs. Midfielder Scott McTominay is considered a regular at Manchester United, as is Andy Robertson’s left-hander at Liverpool.
Hassanhutal hopes for attacker Adams
Ralph Hasenhutlas Southampton striker Chey Adams was called up for the first time. The 24-year-old played for England’s U20 team and has now opted for Scotland. This was made possible by his Scottish grandparents. Clarke expected Adams to revive the offensive game. “We haven’t scored enough goals lately, which has to change,” the national coach said. The Scots scored only six goals in their eight international matches in 2020.
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