Scotland 'Must Win First 2 World Cup Qualifiers' - Steven Thompson

تم نشره في Sun 4 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
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Scotland must win their first two World Cup qualifiers if they are to end their long wait for a major tournament, ex-striker Steven Thompson says.

The Scots begin their 2018 campaign in Malta on Sunday before hosting Lithuania at Hampden Park on 8 October.

With trips to Slovakia and England to come, a strong start is imperative, Thompson said.

"Scotland are historically not great starters, but we need to win both these first two games," he told BBC Scotland.

"We need six points going into a double header against Slovakia - who showed at the Euros they are a very good side - and then England.

"There is a possibility we might get nothing from those two games, so we have to take maximum points from these first two games."

England, 11th in Fifa's world rankings, and Slovakia (24th) are the highest-ranked teams, while Scotland (51), Slovenia (59), Lithuania (125) and Malta (176) make up Group F.