Darren Fletcher: This Scotland squad is one of strongest in my time

first_img“It shows people are competing for places and when you have a tough campaign and pick up injuries, we have plenty of options.“We are in a good place at the moment and hopefully we can show that on the pitch.”Youngsters Oliver Burke, Kieran Tierney, John McGinn and Jack Hamilton have come into the squad since the failure to reach Euro 2016 and West Brom man Fletcher outlined how he and his fellow experienced professionals can help the new boys settle in.He said: “It’s about giving them a platform to perform and giving them small bits of advice when I can. Captain Darren Fletcher believes the current Scotland squad is one of the strongest he’s seen during his time with the national team.Gordon Strachan’s team face Lithuania at Hampden and Slovakia away as they aim to maintain their spot at the top of Group F.An opening 5-1 victory over Malta got the country’s bid to reach the 2018 World Cup off to the perfect start and Fletcher feels the team are well placed to end Scotland’s long exile from a major tournament.Fletcher told the Scottish FA’s website: “You look around the squad, the manager has selection headaches in every position and although it’s tough for him, he’d probably want it that way. “We need them to express themselves, be creative and make a mark for themselves.“They can let the older players take the pressure and the other stuff that goes on.”last_img read more

Jorge Luis Pinto meeting with Costa Rican Football Federation this week to

first_imgRelated posts:Following historic World Cup performance, coach Jorge Luis Pinto decides to leave Costa Rica national team The 11 best quotes from Jorge Luis Pinto’s explosive final press conference as Costa Rica’s head coach Arsenal’s Joel Campbell stars on Costa Rica roster for Ticos’ first post-World Cup match FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches After a brief trip back to his native Colombia, Jorge Luis Pinto is back in Costa Rica to determine his future.Pinto coached Costa Rica’s national football team, La Sele, to its greatest-ever World Cup performance this year. He’ll be meeting this week with Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefut) President Eduardo Li to decide if the 61-year-old manager will remain in charge of La Sele.With his contract set to expire, it seems unlikely that Pinto will stay. His name already has been tied to managerial jobs with Venezuela and Perú. But Li said he and Pinto will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss ways to keep the coach in Costa Rica.“We hope to sit ourselves down and see definitively the position of both parties and if we can come to an agreement,” Li told the daily La Nación.Although they’ve exchanged some emails, Li said Fedefut and Pinto have not yet any formal contract talks. Pinto expects to meet with the press at the end of the week after discussions have been completed with Fedefut. Facebook Commentslast_img read more