England U19s Head Coach knows nothing less than a win over Scotland will be good enough
England U19s v Scotland U19s
UEFA European U19 Championship
Elite Qualifying Round
5pm BST, Wednesday 29 May 2013
KFC Oosterzonen, Stadion Westerlo, Belgium
Noel Blake takes his England U19 side into their final Elite Round qualifier with ‘Auld Enemy’ Scotland on Wednesday evening knowing that nothing less than a win will be enough.
Only one nation from the four involved in Group Six can progress to July’s Euro Finals in Lithuania and England, Georgia and hosts Belgium are all still in with a chance.
Favourites Georgia go into their clash with Belgium knowing that a win will be enough to see them through regardless of what happens between England and Scotland.
But if that game ends in a draw or a Belgian victory then an England win in Westerlo brings them right back into contention.
With two 1-1 draws on their record so far, Blake knows that any victory against Scotland is important but also the need to boost their goal difference should that situation to progress arise.
Speaking ahead of the game, Head Coach Blake said: "When you go into these European tournaments if you go into the last game with a chance to qualify, that's always key.
"When you're still in the system, you have a chance and that's why our equaliser against Belgium was very important.
"That goal kept us in the tournament, so we're still in with a shout of qualifying as are Belgium and Georgia.”
But Blake knows it won’t be easy against a Scotland side determined to go out of the competition on a high and with ‘local’ pride at stake.
"It won't be easy, it never is against Scotland,” he added.
"But we'll go and play our football in the right way as we did against Belgium and we'll see where that takes us.”
For details on the competition system should teams be equal on points, see page seven of this document.