Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell believes that Scotland will benefit from the experience gained at Euro 2020. This was the first major tournament that Scotland have qualified for in more than two decades. The last tournament they had qualified for was the World Cup in 1998.
Scotland managed to earn a point in a goalless draw against England. It did not matter as they lot the other two group games against the Czech Republic and Croatia. Maxwell believes that the experience will only help the players in the future.
“Croatia probably outplayed us a bit at times and showed a bit of tournament know-how that we probably didn’t have,” Maxwell said about the Scotland performance at Euro 2020. “When you look at how they dealt with their fixtures, they had England first, which was tough, they went into the Czech game thinking, ‘Right don’t get beat and if we beat Scotland we’re through. Whereas we put so much into the Czech game because it was the first game, so much into the England game because it is England and it means so much and it was a great result.”
“By the time the Croatia game came round we were probably in a different place from a physical and mental perspective,” he added. “I think that is the tournament experience we don’t have yet and those guys do. You don’t get to a World Cup final without knowing what you are doing. “But I thought we played well. You are thinking that you have a chance to get out of the group but it was always going to be difficult.”