Angus Gunn exclusive: Scottish goalkeeper talks father Bryan, Euro 2024 and more | football news

Angus Gunn never felt pressure to follow in his father’s footballing footsteps, although he admits he annoyed his father by quickly surpassing his achievements in Scotland.

The Norwich goalkeeper has earned nine caps since switching allegiance from England in 2023, three more than his father Bryan won during his career.

Gunn has been number one since the start of European qualifying and did not concede a goal from open play in the first five games, including a memorable clean sheet against Spain.

He said sky sports that being the son of a professional footballer did not mean that expectations were higher.

“Throughout my career, even when I was growing up in academies, he always left me like that,” he said of Bryan, who made almost 400 appearances for Norwich.

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Bryan Gunn won six caps for Scotland

“He let the coaches do all the training. He was just there to support me and guide me if I ever needed it. He was just there as a father and I enjoyed it that way too, without putting too much pressure on myself.” .

“Everyone does it differently, but from my point of view, if he had tried to push me, especially when I was young, that might have pushed me away a little bit.

“He was proud to see my debut against Cyprus, he was there and I think he was a bit gutted when I got through his six caps, but to be honest it only took me a few months which I think was a bit more upsetting for him. “.

Angus Gunn made his Scotland debut against Cyprus
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Angus Gunn made his Scotland debut against Cyprus

Scotland will kick off Euro 2024 against hosts Germany on June 14 and Gunn is aiming for a “big surprise”, believing Steve Clarke has taken the national team to the “next level”.

“We are all confident. No Scottish team has ever qualified for the round of 16 and the coach has said several times in the last campaign that we want to be a team that makes history,” he added.

“I think we did that by qualifying for the tournament, and who’s to say we can’t do it by getting out of that group as well?

“That’s our goal for the tournament and we’ll go there to try to make sure we achieve it.

“Obviously the opening match is against Germany, the hosts of the tournament. I think it’s our job to let them apply the pressure, take it like a free kick and hopefully cause a big surprise.”

Complete Euro 2024 groups…

  • Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland
  • B Group: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania
  • Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England
  • Group D: Poland, Netherlands, Austria, France
  • Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine
  • Group F: Türkiye, Georgia, Portugal, Czech Republic

Since making his Scotland debut in March 2023, Gunn has earned nine caps and insists Steve Clarke is the man who will bring even more success to the national team after leading them to consecutive Euro wins.

“I’ve only been there for about a year and since I joined the team I’ve felt very welcome, not just him but the staff and all the guys,” he added.

“It just shows what he’s built over the last few years in terms of building that group from where they were, maybe as a pot three or four team, becoming a pot two team and also moving up to the top tier of the League. Nations.

“It just shows what happens when you trust the coach and let him build something. He’s really taken the national team to the next level.”

Scotland’s Euro 2024 group stage matches

Friday June 14 – Group A: Germany vs Scotland (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Wednesday June 19 – Group A: Scotland vs Switzerland (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne)

Sunday June 23 – Group A: Scotland vs Hungary (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

The first two of each group plus the four best third-place finishers pass

Scotland’s possible path to the final and finishing as group winners…

If Scotland finishes as winners of Group A but all other Euro 2024 results go with world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday, June 29 – Scotland vs Denmark (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

Quarterfinals: Friday, July 5 – Spain vs Scotland (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Semifinal: Tuesday, July 9 – Scotland vs Holland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Scotland vs France; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Scotland’s possible path to the final, finishing as group runners-up…

If Scotland finish as runners-up in Group A but all other Euro 2024 results go with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Italy (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Quarterfinals: Saturday, July 6 – England vs Scotland (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf)

Semifinal: Wednesday, July 10 – France vs Scotland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Spain vs Scotland; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

If Scotland finishes as one of the four best third-placed teams…

One of:

Sunday, June 30: winners of Group B against the third place of Group A/D/E/F (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne)

Monday, July 1: winners of Group F against third places of Group A/B/C (Waldstadion, Frankfurt)

Tuesday, July 2: winner of Group E vs third place in Group A/B/C/D (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Quarter finals

If Scotland finishes first in Group A and wins the round of 16 match…

Friday, July 5 (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

If Scotland finishes second in Group A and wins the round of 16 match…

Saturday, July 6 (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf)

If Scotland finishes as one of the four best third-placed teams and wins the round of 16 match…

One of:

Friday, July 5 (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Friday, July 5 (Volksparkstadion, Hamburg)

Saturday July 6 – (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Semifinals

If Scotland finishes first in Group A, wins the round of 16 match and wins the quarterfinals…

Tuesday, July 9: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

If England finish second in Group A, win the round of 16 match and win the quarterfinals…

Wednesday, July 10: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

If Scotland finishes as one of the four best third-place finishers, wins the round of 16 match and wins the quarter-finals…

One of:

Tuesday, July 9: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Wednesday, July 10: kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

And finally, the final…

Sunday, July 14: start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

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