UEFA European Under-17 Championships
Russia vs Scotland
Wednesday 13th May 2015, 3pm kick-off BST
Harry Souttar believes Scotland can put their UEFA European Under-17 Championship disappointment behind them and go out on a high note when they take on Russia tomorrow.
Scotland are out of the running for a place in the quarter-finals of this summer’s tournament in Bulgaria after losing their opening two Group C matches to France and Greece.
They face Russia in their last match tomorrow afternoon with only pride at stake but Dundee United defender Souttar says the team will do everything to finish strongly.
He said: “We want to finish off with a win but also enjoy the match.
“We know we’re out of the competition but we only have one more match left and it’s the last match many of us will play at an under-17 finals.
“I think the pressure is off us now and that might count in our favour.”
Souttar made his Scotland Under-17 debut in a friendly win over Romania in February and was selected for the squad which qualified for the finals in March.
Despite his involvement, his competitive debut came against France last Thursday, where Scotland went down 5-0.
Souttar claims the defeat was a wake-up call for him and his Scotland team mates, if they have aspirations of playing at the highest level.
He said: “It was a bonus for me to play against France as I hadn’t really featured much for the under-17s before.
“I think the whole team was caught out by the pace of the French team – they were much faster, stronger, first to every ball and technically very good.
“I was speaking to some of the boys after the game and we were saying it was a bit of a reality check.
“We need to take the experience of playing against players of that level on board, learn from it, and improve.”
Harry Souttar’s older brother John made his debut at the age of 16 and has since gone on to play in the Dundee United first team as well as star for Scotland Under-19s.
With the domestic under-20 season coming to an end, Harry hopes he can make a push to join to his big brother in the first team next season.
He said: “I’m enjoying being involved with the under-20s at the moment but of course I want to play at the highest level possible.
“Who knows what the future will hold – all I can I do is work hard and see where it takes me.
“There are a lot of good players at Dundee United but it would be great to be involved in the first team at some point in the near future.
“We’ll see what happens but I’m feeling really positive about things.”
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