Thomas Vermaelen feels that Scotland manager Craig Levein is too negative
Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen has criticised Scotland manager Craig Levein for his negative tactics in defeat to Belgium.
Last Updated: 18/10/12 10:46am
Scotland are rooted to the bottom of Group A after picking up just two points from their opening four games, and hopes of reaching the World Cup in Brazil already look bleak.
Vermaelen, who played for Belgium in Tuesday's game against the Scots, believes that Levein can blame no-one but himself in the aftermath of his side's fourth game without victory.
"I couldn't understand the way Scotland played against us, Vermaelen told the Daily Record.
"Their tactics and strategy made no sense. They needed the points to stay in the group and yet they came and defended with their whole team. I can't understand why they would do that.
"That was their only plan. I expected them to come out more because they needed the points but they didn't and in the end they got what they deserved."
Scotland are now on the second worst run in their history, whilst Belgium top Group A with ten points from their opening four games.