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Bully for us.. we got streetwise; SCOTLAND LATEST.

John Souttar has spent years watching European youth teams bully and con Scotland.

So the Hearts defender was delighted to give Holland a dose of their own medicine in midweek when Scott Gemmill's Under-21s beat the Dutch 2-0. A hugely impressive display from Souttar and Co got their Euro Championship qualifying campaign off to a flier. But it wasn't just the result and performance that pleased the centre-back.

Without condoning cheating, Souttar, 20, loved the professional manner in which Gemmill's boys saw out the game - by winning free-kicks and corners late on. He said: "You could see that we were smart. We were clever.

"We were going down when there were nicks on us. What foreigners would do to us, we were doing it to them. It happens in football, I've seen it over the years.

"We were good at that against the Dutch. And we also kept the ball in the corner for the last few minutes at 2-0 up. We were completely streetwise.

"Another thing was we looked physically stronger. We bullied them in places on the pitch."

Scotland now face group favourites England in Middlesbrough next month before travelling to take on Latvia.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 10, 2017
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