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Colin on Scots' vital week

Posted on 1 September 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Colin Calderwood knows better than most what is on the line when Scotland face a massive World Cup double-header this week.<P class=MsoNormal>Our former defender and current reserve team coach played in the last World Cup for Scotland in 1998 &mdash&#59; including a memorable tournament opener against then-champions Brazil.<P class=MsoNormal>Capped 36 times by Scotland, Colin said: &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s a fantastic experience to go to those tournaments.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Although it&rsquo&#59;s not in your mind when you turn up mid-November and you have to go to obscure places, the benefit of doing well and doing your job all over Europe is there when it comes to the end of the season and the excitement is just starting.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Craig Brown&rsquo&#59;s men &mdash&#59; including our own number one Neil Sullivan &mdash&#59; tackle Croatia at Hampden Park on Saturday before travelling to current leaders Belgium in a match that could decide who goes straight to the finals on Wednesday.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s a very important week,&rdquo&#59; added Colin. &ldquo&#59;Whenever these groups come out you have to look to try and beat your main rivals at some stage.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We were up against Belgium and ended up with a draw which was not a bad result as long as we can at least share the points overall against them.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We&rsquo&#59;ve drawn with Croatia away so ideally we would like to beat them at home and ideally draw with Belgium away and then it comes down to how you get on against the other teams.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;If you put one over your nearest rivals it makes it doubly difficult for them to overtake you.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>So did he miss these international occasions? &ldquo&#59;They were fantastic times but like anything, I&rsquo&#59;ve had my time, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can honestly say I don&rsquo&#59;t miss playing and I&rsquo&#59;m really enjoying the coaching side of it.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>