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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 10:21 GMT


The limitations of passion-play

We've got the passion, but not the players, says Hansen

A disappointed Alan Hansen bemoans the lack of quality in the Scotland side and tells News Online there is little chance of his side securing the result they need on Wednesday.

There's no way back from here and, as with Scottish fans everywhere, I imagine Craig Brown is feeling pretty low after the weekend.

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He'll look at the second-half and wonder how he can get three goals at Wembley. The simple answer is 'he can't' and it'll be difficult to lift the Scottish players for Wednesday.

We were very unlucky to be 2-0 down at the break. That was so disappointing. We could have been 3-2 up or at least level at 2-2.

Had that been the case then the second-half would have been a different matter. We were always in with a chance if it was close.

Keegan's tactics were superb in the second period and I think the gulf in quality was there for all to see.

Dearth of quality

It's clear that Brown - and Scotland - have problems all round.


[ image: According to Hansen not one Scottish player would make the England team]
According to Hansen not one Scottish player would make the England team
We had enough chances in the first-half to hit the back of the net - Dodds came particularly close.

And for that reason, you may not see too many changes to the Scottish side. After all, who would you bring in?

As soon as you pose that question you're struggling for names.

The problem with Scottish football is that we don't have any players of quality, anywhere. And the higher the level you play, the more quality you need.

Brown asked the press on Sunday to find him a Suker or a Bergkamp. But we don't even have a Scholes. A young player brimming with talent, who, if your life depended on it, would hit the back of the net.

Too much to do

As I said, at this level, it's all about players and the individual weaknesses of the Scottish team were evident on Saturday.

We don't, for example, have one player playing at the highest level and by that I mean the Champions League. And is there, realistically, one Scottish player who would make the English team? I doubt it.

From one to 11, we've never had a team that is so devoid of quality and there isn't even anyone coming through.

It's a depressing thing for Scottish fans and I don't know what the answer is. It's worrying, that's for sure.

If England get some early goals on Wednesday, I dread to think what might happen, it's a frightening thought.

No doubt Brown will be pushing the pride and passion buttons, because the team has to think about the supporters who back them through thick and thin.

Brown will be saying 'we can win it', but there's no way back from here, and certainly not at Wembley on Wednesday.



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