Steve Clarke insists England can win Euro 2020 as Scotland boss opens up about respecting Gareth Southgate
Steve Clarke admits England can win Euro 2020 and if he doesn’t lead his country to glory this summer he wouldn’t mind if he did.
The national team boss heads to the Euro with growing confidence in Scotland’s chances of exiting Group D.
A clash with the Auld Enemy at Wembley is sandwiched between two clashes in Hampden with the Czech Republic and Croatia.
He acknowledges that Scotland’s rivals have a chance at winning the tournament and insists he has never been part of anyone’s brigade except England.
Clarke said: “Any number one seed in the groups is capable of winning it and England would be one of them.
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“I don’t cling to nationalism. I have spent more of my life living in England than in Scotland.
“I have great respect for Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff and have worked with a few of the players involved in setting up England so I think it’s about respect, more than anything else.
“Obviously when we face them we want to beat them and if Scotland can’t win the Euro, and England can win it, so be it.
“I’m not saying I want England to win so you can’t write that – but I don’t mind.
“My two boys are English, born in England. My grandchildren were born in England, so you won’t take me down the nationalist path.
“I have respect for all my English friends.
“I don’t do politics, I never did.
“It’s a historic game, Scotland against England, so if we can get a positive result it would be fantastic. But politics and football, I’m not interested in it.