Jacob Brown insists Scotland timing couldn't have been better as Euro 2024 hopeful admits Hampden goosebumps
Jacob Brown reckons he couldn’t have timed his arrival in the Scotland squad any better.
But the Luton Town striker is well aware he now faces a fight to ensure he doesn’t drop back out of Steve Clarke’s plans at the worst possible time. It’s two years ago this month that the 25-year-old was called-up for the first time ahead of the World Cup qualifying double header with Moldova and Denmark that would cement a play-off spot. That quest to reach Qatar 2022 may have ended in despair but Clarke’s troops have come back stronger to romp through the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign and book a spot in Germany in record time.
As Hampden drew the curtain down on the successful campaign with a Sunday night party against Norway, Brown was rewarded for his commitment to the cause with a first international start. It’s been a long wait to make the starting XI for the former Stoke City frontman. But the goosebumps he felt walking out on Sunday night justified that patience. And a spot in the 23-man squad heading to Germany next June would rubber stamp it.
Brown said: “My first camp was around this time two years ago, and obviously, everyone wants to come and start. I think you’ve just got to be patient, bide your time and keep working hard, and luckily I got the chance against Norway. That was my eighth appearance, but my first start, so it was good.
"I think I’ve probably fallen into the squad at a good time! We’ve done so well from the minute that I’ve come in, so it’s probably been quite easy for me to settle in because obviously there is positivity around the camp.
“I just want to work hard and show the team that I can help in any way. I got goosebumps when I was walking out on Sunday, the atmosphere was really good.