Legends on Euro 2020 - Colin Calderwood
Tue 08 June 2021, 15:50|Tottenham Hotspur
The European Championships are just around the corner, so we’ve tapped into the knowledge of Spurs legends who have played in the tournament for their views on how it might play out, and how their country might fare this time around.
First up, Colin Calderwood. The defender made 199 appearances for us between 1993-99, and earned 36 caps for Scotland, starting all three games at Euro 96 and then two of three at the 1998 World Cup – the Tartan Army’s last two major tournaments.
Colin: “There will always be a surprise country, and it depends, you get a feel from the opening games of the tournament and one team might look a bit different to what many people imagined. Italy are on a terrific run under Roberto Mancini, look very hard to score against, and that will always keep them in with a chance. I’m trying to get away from the obvious countries, and that’s Italy at the moment. I don’t think anyone really fancies them after the last World Cup (Italy failed to qualify for Russia 2018). Germany... something tells me Germany. They’ve not had the results everyone expects but in tournament football I’ll be surprised if they don’t go deep. No-one is pushing them as one of the favourites. Hopefully there is a flyer like a Denmark or Greece winning it - then Scotland will have a chance.”
Colin: “Scotland are a good side. When was the last time we had regulars at Liverpool (Robertson), Manchester United (McTominay), Arsenal (Tierney)? Strong, influential players, another at Villa (McGinn). Add the players who play in the Old Firm in Scotland, the Celtic players have that European experience, and the group has high-level players in terms of where they play. That always helps. Look back at Euro 96, or the 1998 World Cup, we had John Collins at Monaco, Gary McAllister at Liverpool, Paul Lambert, Champions League winner at Borussia Dortmund, Colin Hendrie, Kevin Gallacher, title-winners at Blackburn, Rangers were strong at the time, so that level. That makes a difference.”