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Team profile - Scotland

Team profile - Scotland

Scotland held their nerve in playoff penalty shootouts against Israel and Serbia to reach their first major tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup.

The Scots are in Group D alongside England, as they were at their last European Championships finals appearance in 1996, and they are 6/5 to qualify from a section that also contains Croatia and the Czech Republic.

Their opening game against the Czechs is a crucial fixture and Steve Clarke's men are 19/10 to take three points at Hampden Park on Monday.

Coach: Steve Clarke
Number of European Championship Appearances: 2
Best European Championship Performance: Group stage: 1992 & 1996
Number of European Championship Titles: 0
Qualifying Form: Third in Group C with a record of 5-0-5; beat Israel and Serbia in playoffs
Major Trophies: 0
Most Capped (current) Player: Craig Gordon (57)
Key Player at Euro 2020: John McGinn

Lead-up to the Tournament:

Scotland won five and lost five of their ten qualifying matches in Group I, finishing third behind a dominant Belgium side and Russia, but their Nations League performances earned them a place in the playoffs.

The Tartan Army's nerves were tested as they watched their side win a penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes against Israel in the semi-final and then repeat the feat in the final against Serbia.

Clarke's side scored all ten of their penalties in the two playoff ties but scoring goals from open play had been a problem for the Scots.

Aston Villa's John McGinn is the leading scorer in the squad, adding to his international goal tally with a brilliant overhead kick to earn a 2-2 draw with Austria in their first World Cup qualifier in March.

They followed up with a 1-1 draw against Israel and a 4-0 home win over the Faroe Islands and have lost only two of their last 16 internationals, claiming a creditable 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in one of this month's friendlies.

The Squad:

Clarke has a wealth of English Premier League talent in his squad including McGinn, skipper Andy Robertson of Liverpool, Arsenal's Kieran Tierney and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.

Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong and striker Che Adams, who made his international debut in March, also had impressive seasons in the English top flight and Ryan Fraser, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and James Forrest provide attack-minded options in midfield.

Chelsea teenager Billy Gilmour has had limited opportunities under Thomas Tuchel but has sparkled on the international stage for Scotland and Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson is another smart prospect.

Adams scored his second international goal in Scotland's final warm-up game against Luxembourg, playing alongside QPR's Lyndon Dykes.

There is a youthful look to the squad, with 30-year-old Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher the oldest outfield player heading to the finals, but Clarke will hope that his team's top-class club experience will stand them in good stead.


14th June - Czech Republic, Hampden Park, Glasgow

18th June - England, Wembley, London

22nd June - Croatia, Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland's 26-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Hearts), David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Celtic), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Stephen O'Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)

Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (QPR), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian)

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