Berra backs Four Nations
Christophe Berra believes the Four Nations Cup should become a regular fixture in the football calendar.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 10/02/11 5:02pm
Scotland defender Christophe Berra believes the Four Nations Cup should become a regular fixture in the football calendar.
The Wolves centre-half got his first taste of the tournament, which sees Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in a league format, in the Tartan Army's 3-0 win over Northern Ireland on Wednesday night.
The inaugural competition has received some criticism for it's timing, coming in the heart of the domestic season, but the 26-year-old told skysports.com that it can provide competitive matches on a regular basis.
He said: "The fans made it a great atmosphere and occasion and they will only get better as the tournament progresses.
"In the end it was a quite easy game, but we had to be professional and make sure we got the result we wanted.
"I don't think there will be a problem making the tournament a regular event because it will save countries going miles away to play friendlies against other nations.
"There are strong nations to play right on our doorstep where you can have competitive matches on a regular basis."
Both Scotland and Republic of Ireland lead the way after recording 3-0 victories in the first round of games, but Berra insists that no one should rule out the Welsh.
He added: "I wouldn't rule off anyone, especially Wales, who thumped us last year when George Burley was in charge and they've got some great individuals.
"There are some difficult games left to play in the competition and there is still a lot to play for, but Ireland are obviously a strong side that will be a force to be reckoned with."