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Scotland’s midfielder John McGinn has said that reaching Euro 2020 must "be the start" for Scotland at major finals, after they "didn't do ourselves justice" this time.
"We've got to use this to drive us on to more tournaments," McGinn. "The World Cup is our aim now. You look around the dressing room and we've got a good age group, determined guys and we feel as if we didn't do ourselves justice. "We need to become a nation that is used to it, we need to become braver and better. But what we have done is create history coming here and we want this to be the start, not the end."

"Tonight we were against a team that are tournament hardened and they knew how to play the third game in a group and probably we didn't," Clarke told BBC Scotland. "We didn't get anything out the first game which meant we had to go to Wembley and expend a lot of energy physically and mentally to give ourselves a chance and maybe we suffered for it in the third game.

"That's something we can learn for the next tournament - I promise you it won't be 23 years until the next one." "They're an excellent team, we knew that. We were ignoring all the noise that they were an ageing team and slow. They weren't, and they have one of the best players in the world in Luka Modric.

Steve Clarke's side needed to win to reach the last 16, but were taken out by the 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia on a sobering night at Hampden. Scotland's men are yet to go further than the group stage at a major finals, having not qualified since 1998. Head coach Clarke made just one change from the side that drew 0-0 at Wembley on Friday, with Stuart Armstrong replacing Billy Gilmour in midfield after he tested positive for Covid-19. And it was in that area of the pitch that Scotland struggled, as Modric in particular posed problems and capped his performance with a stunning second goal for Croatia.

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