Scotland to benefit from Euro 2020 experience, says Ian Maxwell, SFA Managing Director | Football news
Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell believes the national team will benefit from their first tournament experience in more than two decades.
Steve Clarke led Scotland to the delayed 2020 European Championship this summer, the first major tournament the country has reached since the 1998 World Cup final in France.
Scotland failed to qualify in their squad after losing to 2018 World Cup finalists Czech Republic and Croatia at Hampden Park with a goalless draw against England at Wembley between both.
However, Maxwell has drawn the positives from the experience and believes the Scottish team will too.
He said: “Croatia probably passed us a bit at times and showed a bit of tournament skill that we probably didn’t have.
“When you look at how they handled their matches, they had England first which was difficult, they came into the Czech match thinking, ‘Don’t get beaten and if we beat Scotland we will have finished “.
“While we invested so much in the Czech game because it was the first game, so much in the England game because it’s England and that means so much and it was a great result.
“By the time the game against Croatia arrived we were probably in a different place physically and mentally.
“I think it’s the tournament experience that we don’t have yet and these guys do. You don’t get to a World Cup final without knowing what you’re doing.”
“But I think we played well,” continued Maxwell. “You think you have a chance to get out of the group but it was always going to be difficult.
“We were in the game until the last game and we have to be proud to have given a good account of ourselves.
“It was great to hear Andy (Robertson), John McGinn and a few other guys say after the tournament that they don’t want it to be a ‘At least we made it’ kind of reaction.
“It’s ‘We’ve been there, we loved it, let’s go and start over’ and these guys are playing at a higher level every week, they want to test themselves and learn from the three games and start over. It was encouraging. hear.
“We can’t wait 23 years for the next tournament.”