Teale: Start no shock
Derby's Gary Teale was not shocked by his starting palce for Scotland in Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier.
By Steven Morrison
Last Updated: 10/09/07 11:15am
Scotland midfielder Gary Teale says he was delighted, but not shocked by his inclusion in the starting XI for Saturday's victory over Lithuania.
Many were surprised that the Derby man was included on the right-side of midfield, ahead of James McFadden, Shaun Maloney and Paul Hartley.
However Teale, who had started two out of his country's last three qualifiers before Saturday, believed he would get the nod.
"A lot of people said it was a shock but I started the Georgia game and I started the Italy game prior to this," said the 29-year-old.
"So it wasn't a shock to myself. Every player that's here believes they should be playing and everybody wants to play.
"So if you're called upon, whether it's at the start or off the bench then you are delighted. Obviously I was delighted to be starting."
And the Glasgow-born midfielder feels that Scotland's results in the qualifying campaign have created a strong camaraderie in the squad.
"With the results that we have had everybody is just enjoying being here," he said.
"Everybody is happy with the spirit we have got in the team. It's a collective effort, everybody is in it together.
"Winning does breed confidence and breeds happy players.
"The fact that we have had a good few positive results over the last couple of years, everybody is delighted to be part of things."
Teale, capped eight times for Scotland, is eyeing another start for his country on Wednesday, in their top-of-the-table encounter with France.
Although, the Derby man realises the return of captain Barry Ferguson could change things.
"If we go five in midfield then we will maybe just keep the same midfield but obviously Fergie will come back in no matter what," he said.
"I will be looking to start again. I don't know what formation the manager will play but if it's one of those things it's one of those things, everybody is in it together.
"I came off the bench against France the last time so I am happy to be here and I just want to be part of things, and hopefully that is qualifying for the championships."