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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK
Quashie enjoys Scots role
Nigel Quashie scored for Scotland
Nigel Quashie was delighted to score his first Scotland goal
Nigel Quashie enjoyed his first goal for Scotland in the win over Trinidad & Tobago and believes his adopted country has a bright future.

"We played some excellent stuff and we've got some good young players," the former England U-21 cap told BBC Sport.

"And we've got a lot of big players to come back so there are a lot of positives to take from the game.

"It's important to get these games under our belt and build confidence for the step up to qualifying games."

Quashie caught the eye, linking well with man-of-the-match Darren Fletcher, and the Easter Road crowd showed their appreciation by singing; "You're not English anymore."

Nigel (Quashie) is a fantastic player and a real leader on the pitch
Berti Vogts
Scotland manager
The powerful midfielder capped a fine display with Scotland's final goal in the 4-1 victory.

"Nigel is a fantastic player and a real leader on the pitch," enthused manager Berti Vogts. "He feels so Scottish and that's great."

Vogts was pleased with the emphatic victory, coming after Thursday's win in Estonia and he had the chance to assess some more players.

Hearts keeper Craig Gordon, Livingston pair Jamie McAllister and David McNamee and Portsmouth duo Quashie and Richard Hughes all made their bows this week.

"I'm very happy with both matches and the first half was fantastic," Vogts told BBC Sport.

"Our movement was great, we pressed the ball very well and scored good goals.

"In the second half we tired and we made a lot of changes but it's a great way to finish the season and it was a fun atmosphere in the stadium."

Scotland play their first qualifying match for the 2006 World Cup at home to Slovenia on 8 September.

A friendly has been arranged with Hungary on 8 August and Vogts hopes to organise another warm-up game close to that date.

The manager will be hoping players like Barry Ferguson, Christian Dailly and Gary Naysmith will be back in contention after the summer break.







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