Football Euro 2000: The Expats Panel

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, now director of football at Aberdeen

"I WATCHED the game on telly at my home just outside London, but I'll be back up in Scotland for Wednesday. I've got one or two little bets to come from people at Aberdeen who owe me a bit. Deep, deep down, I think maybe Scotland thought they wouldn't win. The booing of the national anthem was always going to happen because people were hyped up, but the goals killed that off, didn't they? They had their chances, with Dodds hitting the crossbar and Gallacher going close, so it certainly wasn't as clear- cut as the result suggested. We got the two goals and were good at the back but didn't pass too well. We did all right, but no more than that. Apart from Owen, who might have scored, we sat off too much in the second half. I wouldn't have thought that the Scots can win now. It looks a remote possibility. If we can play well at Wembley then Scotland have a problem."


Former England international now living in Edinburgh

"THE RESULT was just what we wanted even though England didn't have to play well to get it. They did what they had to do. I thought Scotland were pathetic, they never looked like breaking England down and even that chance for Gallacher, which he missed, was only made because a mix- up between Keown and Ince let him through. Scholes is a good little player, it's incredible how he gets in the box among all those big guys for headers. As for Hampden, after the first goal the whole place seemed to go a bit quiet. England handled it well. I've spoken to a few friends and they're very disappointed up here. You never know what's going to happen but you can't see England losing on Wednesday. I suppose you might see some people calling for Brown to resign but that's the way it goes. If Scotland go out, there'll still be the World Cup qualifiers to look forward to. They always seem to do well in them at least."


English editor of the Daily Record

"I WAS at the match with some colleagues and clients in the south stand. Obviously I wanted Scotland to win, but clearly I don't hate the English. So I was very sad at the out-and-out hostility on both sides. Unfortunately the English have hijacked the British national anthem so it's not surprising the Scots booed. England should find an anthem of their own and it can be booed with a clear conscience. The match was utterly disappointing from Scotland's point of view, and there must be questions now over the future of the manager. How long will Scotland put up with having a second- rate side? Granted, you can't just magic a striker from thin air, but Craig Brown got it wrong in terms of team selection and tactics. He's a nice guy but he's had a long innings and if Scotland lose on Wednesday then he must go. It'll be time to give someone else a chance. It would be a brave man who now backs Scotland to win on Wednesday."



Veteran Scottish politician; Conservative MP for Southend for 19 years

"I DON'T have Sky television and watching in the pub was not an option because I signed the pledge at six and haven't had a drink since. In the end, I had a kind offer from my wife Sheila's hairdresser, Paul, and we watched the match in his daughter's house. The game reminded me of Southend and Hull on Friday. The Scots, like Southend, full of vim and vigour, but with no one to score the goals. It was sad for the Hampden crowd that they had no goals to cheer. Even if they'd lost 10-1, it would've been better to have a goal. That depressed me even more than the booing of the national anthem, but then the Scots have their own anthem and the English have to use the British one. They need one of their own. All in all it was a pretty miserable afternoon and would have been better if I'd had a game of chess instead. I must say [Colin] Hendry was splendid though, the kind of guy we need at Southend."


Former Scottish international, now running a pub in Wetherby, Yorkshire

"WE WERE a bit short-staffed at the George and Dragon and I had to get behind the bar and work through the match. I didn't really see it at all, just caught the highlights later. The atmosphere was brilliant, though, especially as we had a special of pounds 1 a pint when someone scored. We had a home section and away section but everyone mixed together, at least 100 people, we all had a good bit of banter. There were quite a few Scots. Arthur Graham, who played for Leeds and Scotland, was here in his Scotland jersey. In the evening, the DJ was winding us up a bit but it was a good atmosphere so I told him to carry on. The pub's still decked out in Tartan. The game itself? Scotland played well up to a point but really had no flair. We've dried up as regards talent, there's no penetration and no excitement in the play. I can't see anything other than an England victory at Wembley."


Daughter of the legendary Kenny, currently a presenter on Sky Sports News

"CAN YOU hang on a minute? Someone's coming over with the face paints while I'm on the phone - nope, they haven't got the bottle. I watched the game in the rugby club over the road from work with my brother and a few mates. The volume seemed to be turned up for the booing during the England anthem and then down for "The Flower of Scotland". For the first 20 minutes, I thought we might sneak a win, with Dodds' chance and Gallacher's. And we should have had a penalty, at least an indirect free for that challenge by Adams. I've got to hope we win 3-0 at Wembley. Or 2-0 and then win on penalties - I'm not sure about scoring three, even with their proven record of scoring away from home. It's uphill from here, certainly, but we always seem to do best in these situations. We're 2-0 down but there's still 90 minutes to go.