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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Berra: Scots positive

Christophe Berra. Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters
Christophe Berra. Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Scotland defender Christophe Berra admits some players used to "dread" international duty.

But the feeling in Gordon Strachan's squad has been far different this week ahead of their deciding World Cup Group F qualifiers. Scotland know they will take second spot and a potential play-off place if they beat Slovakia at Hampden tonight and Slovenia in Ljubljana on Sunday.

The Scots have turned their campaign around with 10 points from four matches and Berra aims to continue the momentum.

"Training has been good and the boys are coming from clubs full of confidence," the Hearts captain said. I think people nowadays like coming away and working under the manager and playing for their national team, whereas maybe years back people dreaded it a little bit sometimes.

"There is a lot more optimism around the country and it's in our hands to hopefully keep that positive vibe going. The only way we can do that is by winning. I say we have improved, but really we can only tell when the final whistle goes how much improvement there has been."

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