He’s sick of Manchester United man Scott McTominay – but Aston Villa and Scotland star John McGinn says he’ll play Euro 2020 with hope over fear.

Scotland’s return to major tournament football is just over a month away, Euro 2020 kicking off on June 14th. The likes of Aston Villa man McGinn and Manchester United midfielder McTominay are almost certainties for Steve Clarke’s 26-man squad.

The Aston Villa and Manchester United men will link up next month.
The Aston Villa and Manchester United men will link up next month. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But McGinn’s already tired of the Manchester United player who could win the Europa League before linking up with the national team: “There was a natural jealousy of other countries going into these tournaments, but you’d almost come to expect it.

“If you were of a certain age, it was normal. I remember sitting in school, hoping you’d have a decent teacher who would let you watch the games, then on the way home you’d buy packs of Panini stickers.

“I love the thought of Scottish kids watching Scotland games and opening packs with our faces on them. They sent me a sticker book, and I’ll admit to having filled it – I had to order a few stickers to get over the line. I think I got about 150 Scott McTominays, so I’ve seen enough of his face!”

McGinn says the manager will aid the team when things get nervy: “Steve Clarke will help because he’s very calm. He likes to make sure we play with our heads and there’s always a plan. Family and friends ask if I get nervous before the big games, but I just get excited. The opportunity always outweighs the fear of failure.”

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