Scotland discusses a delightful June friendly with the Netherlands for the European Championships as Steve Clarke’s side prepare for their first major tournament in 23 years
- Scotland is in talks about a pre-Euro 2020 friendly against the Netherlands
- The Scottish FA is discussing plans to hold the June friendly in the Algarve
- The Scots will play in their first major tournament in 23 years this summer
- Frank de Boer’s Holland has also reached the European Championships this year
Scotland is in talks about a glamorous friendly with Frank de Boer’s Holland in the Algarve as one of the last warm-up matches for the European final.
Steve Clarke has confirmed plans to play a few friendlies in preparation for the national team’s first appearance in a grand final in 23 years.
Talks about a game with the Republic of Ireland in Spain have been suspended after the Irish FA confirmed plans to play against Hungary and Andorra instead.
Scotland is in talks about a glamorous pre-Euro 2020 friendly match with the Netherlands in Portugal
The potential friendly against the Netherlands was to be held at the Estadio Algarve in Faro
The SFA is now weighing up a number of options, with reports in the Netherlands claiming a meeting with the Dutch in Faro in June was colored.
SFA sources say the game is just one of the options on the table, with plans subject to Covid’s approval by the Scottish government. A final decision is expected next month.
The Scots are also likely to play at least one more game against foreign opponents yet to be confirmed, before their first group match against the Czech Republic on June 14 in Hampden.
Meanwhile, Clarke wants his Scotland players to use the Euro final to prove they can mix it with the best.
Frank de Boer’s Scotland will also participate in this summer’s European Championship this summer
Winless in four games since winning a play-off in Serbia in November, their hopes of reaching the World Cup final in Qatar are already hanging by a draw with Austria in Hampden and Israel in Tel Aviv.
Insisting it is too early for shock reactions, Clarke says work is underway on his side.
And he hopes a solid show against the Czechs, England and Croatia in June will boost confidence and raise hopes for a first appearance at a World Cup since France 98.
“Four points from Israel and Austria (home and away) would put us in a very strong position and that’s exactly what we want to achieve,” said the Scotland boss. But people should remember that this team of ours is still growing. The more experience the players get, the better they will be.
Scotland has drawn their first two World Cup qualifiers with Austria and Israel
‘The next round of World Cup matches is still five months away from now and we can grow a lot more in that time. We have at least three games to play in the euro and hopefully maybe even more.
So this team will grow again before we return to the World Cup campaign and that could be hugely important in terms of our development.
There has to come a point where we think we are good enough to take points from the Pot 1 teams and hopefully that will be the case in this campaign.
Steve Clarke expects his side of Scotland to grow during the exciting summer for the country
‘I think the players are good enough for that, but they have to believe in themselves more.
“If they grow more in the coming months and prove themselves what they can do at the European Championship, we may be in a completely different place when the World Cup qualifiers return.”
Scotland will play tomorrow night in Hampden against the Faroe Islands in their last competitive game for the euro.