'I’ll be going on a long holiday after the Euros': Scotland's football manager chats to eager Edinburgh teens to celebrate the 100 day countdown to the Euros
Steve Clarke, manager of Scotland’s International men’s team has had a chat with Edinburgh football club Team United to mark the final 100 days to go until UEFA EURO 2020 kicks-off.
The Capital’s own Team United which supports young people with autism were debating their top eleven Scottish players for Scottish FA’s European Legends legacy project.
Their team line-up of the best players from the past 30 years of European football will form part of a new exhibition at the Scottish Football Museum.
They were debating their final eleven when Steve Clarke appeared to join in and they were delighted when he then fielded questions from an excited team about the upcoming tournament.
15-year-old Hoops fan and Team United defender, Ben Lang asked: “Are you coming to Celtic after the Euros?”
Steve replied: “I’ll be going on a long holiday after the Euros, and I am contracted with Scotland until 2022 - when I’ll hopefully be taking us to the World Cup in Qatar.”
Another player, United’s flying winger, 14-year-old Olek Kortals asked: “And will there be any surprises when you choose the team for the World Cup qualifiers in March and for the Euros?”
“There won’t be too many surprises,” he answered, “but I need a bigger squad and we’re playing three games in a week in the March qualifiers. And some might force their way in.”
“The kids really know their stuff,” said the Scotland Head Coach afterwards. “I was really impressed with their knowledge of the game and the questions they were asking – they were certainly keeping me on my toes. I’m just pleased that I gave them something interesting and enjoyable to
talk about with their friends and family.
“Although it’s only 100 days to go until the Euros, I’m already aware of the impact qualifying can have on the whole country, especially during such a difficult and uncertain time.
"I’m proud that our achievement is already having a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Ann Brown from Team United was delighted with the exchange, saying: “I thought it was tremendous and the boys excelled themselves.
“Steve was brilliant.
"He was really engaging and stood his ground on some tough questions.
"They got such a surprise when they saw him.”