Scotland sunk by Slovenia, Poland seal progress, England beat Lithuania


Scotland sunk by Slovenia, Poland seal progress, England beat Lithuania

The current incumbent, Strachan, is fearing for his future after failing to lead The Tartan Army through to their first tournament since the 1998 World Cup, after the Scots finished 3rd in qualifying Group F, between winners England and runners-up Slovakia. A late Robert Snodgrass goal briefly raised hopes of looking for the crucial victor but it was too little, too late.

Of course the players have to take responsibility for allowing a side with effectively nothing to play for but pride, and coming off the crushing disappointment of their injury-time defeat at Wembley, to emerge for the second half with more ambition than one which had glorious opportunity staring them in the face.

She added that under Strachan the nation have come closer to qualifying "than we have in a few years.Let's take the positive from that". We can't change genetics and just can't play the biggest people in Scotland.

The fans cant hurt like that.

Statistics looking at the top 50 teams in the world during 2015 show that world and European champions Spain were the shortest, Scotland second and Portugal, who went on to win Euro 2016, third shortest.

They haven't exactly struggled in recent years and Strachan is only fooling himself if he thinks Scotland's problem is their size.

The Scots lost two goals to poor defending from set pieces after having kept three clean sheets in their previous three games. "Technically, we're fine but our guys have got to work harder on the ball than say bigger lads at 6ft 2in or 6ft 3in". But physically we have a problem. "I am really proud, really proud of the players".

But he continued in denial mode, telling journalists: "Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours".

Montenegro gave them a scare, fighting back from two goals down to level at 2-2 in the 85th minute before Robert Lewandowski and Filip Stojkovic's own goal sealed a dramatic win for Poland. However Slovenia coach Screcko Katanec subsequently put a spanner in the works by making an inspired substitution at half-time, bringing on striker Roman Bezjak, who scored a 20-minute brace to give the home side a 2-1 lead.



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