Steve Clarke insists Scotland ‘have to get something’ out of their Euro 2020 Group D clash with England on Friday evening.
Scotland face ‘the auld enemy’ in a huge fixture at Wembley this evening, with Clarke’s side needing to bounce back after losing their opening fixture 2-0 to the Czech Republic.
The expanded format of the European Championship means that four of the best third-placed teams progress through to the knockout stages, though Clarke is paying little attention to the results in other groups and has set Scotland a target of four points from their final two fixtures.
Asked whether he had paid attention to the developing standings in the other groups, Clarke said: “No, I’m only focused on ourselves. We need four points from the last two games and obviously, we have to get something from the game tomorrow. That’s the sole focus.”
Pressed on whether it was realistic for Scotland to aim to pick up four points from their last two games, Clarke bullishly replied: “Of course. Why not?”
Clarke also spoke on the task facing his side against England and revealed his respect for Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff, the Scotland boss well aware of the ‘magnitude of the fixture’ as the British rivals meet in a major tournament for the first time since 1996.
“I’ve got 100% respect for Gareth [Southgate], his staff and his players,” Clarke said. “They are good people. Gareth and Stevie Holland I know well.
“We respect every opponent and we go out and do our best against them and that will be the same here. Whatever outside influences on both sides of the border say, we can only concentrate on ourselves. Everybody knows the magnitude of the fixture.”