Euro 2024: Alan Shearer and David Moyes discuss Scotland’s elimination

Euro 2024: Alan Shearer and David Moyes discuss Scotland’s elimination

Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign was a disappointment, to say the least. Across their three matches, they managed just 17 shots on goal, matching Northern Ireland’s total in 2016 as the joint fewest by a nation since the Euros group stage was introduced in 1980. Their combined expected goals (xG) of 0.91 painted a bleak picture of their attacking prowess.

Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, pointed towards Scotland’s injury woes and lack of depth in attacking options as the reasons for their struggles. He noted that it wasn’t for a lack of effort, a sentiment echoed by former West Ham manager David Moyes. Watching alongside Shearer and Scotland captain Rachel Corsie in the studio, Moyes praised manager Steve Clarke for getting them to the tournament but acknowledged their limitations in terms of quality.

The Tartan Army, who had watched their side score 17 goals across eight qualifiers to reach the Euros, may find it hard to swallow this lackluster performance. While qualification was a cause for celebration, the inability to make an impact on the big stage left fans deflated. Moyes stressed that there was no shame in their efforts, but the absence of top-tier talents was evident in their struggles to create opportunities.

In conclusion, Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign highlighted the need for improvement in their attacking department. While their defensive solidity was commendable, their lack of firepower ultimately proved to be their downfall. Moving forward, developing a more potent attacking threat will be crucial for Scotland to compete at a higher level in international competitions.