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Burley goes for Holland

Burley tips Dutch for Euro glory

The Netherlands squad in training for Euro 2008
Burley's side will face the Dutch in World Cup qualifying

Scotland manager George Burley is tipping Holland for victory at this summer's European Championship.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, he is expecting great things from the Dutch, who face Scotland in the qualification stages for World Cup 2010.

"If I had to stick my neck out, I'd go for Holland with their attacking flair and the way they play the game," said the Scotland boss.

"They are a team with talent, and they excite people who watch them."

Burley has cast his eye over the talent that will be on display and, despite no home-nation interest, thinks there is plenty to get excited about.

One player the Scotland boss is backing to light up the tournament in Austria and Switzerland is Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal.

The French or the Italians are always there or about

Scotland manager George Burley

"He has been absolutely incredible this year," he said.

"He has turned from a winger with great ability and individual skill to a team player who works his socks off and scores goals.

"Forty goals in one season has been phenomenal. I don't think there is another player in the world who could do that."

And the former Hearts and Southampton boss believes teams can never afford to rule out the big guns.

"There are countries you can never write off," said Burley.

"The French or the Italians are always there or thereabout."


3 in a row (should be 8!!)

As football frenzy takes its grip on Europe Burley admits to a little jealousy, but insists it makes him more determined for the future.

"It's been 10 years since Scotland last qualified for a major international tournament and we will all be watching in the summer and wishing we were there. That's were you want to be," he said.

"The World Cup in South Africa has got to be our goal. It's something we are trying to work towards, but it's not going to be easy.

"But we do have a group of players who have got self-belief and we'll be trying everything we can to get there."

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