Date: 24th June 2021 at 7:55pm
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As Aston Villa fans will know, Scotland crashed out of the 2020 European Championships earlier in the week following defeat to Croatia, but from our more selfish point of view, it does of course mean that John Meatball McGinn now has an extra few weeks to rest and recover ahead of the coming 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

26-year-old McGinn got more back to his best as our 2020/21 campaign progressed, and the Scot chipped in with three goals and five assists (37 PL games) to help us to our eleventh placed finish. He more than deserved his place in former gaffer Steve Clarke’s squad, and he impressed plenty as they faced off against Czech Republic, England and Croatia. Despite their best efforts, it just didn’t click up front and with too many good chances spurned, out they go.

Whilst McGinn is understandably disappointed they didn’t achieve more, he was very upbeat about their future as he spoke to the Official Site earlier today.

“We’ve got to use this to drive us on to more tournaments. 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. 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.”

With his performances at the Euros seeing speculation return about his own future amid regurgitated reports of a potential £50million interest from Liverpool, his growing international experience (and the additional confidence he’ll take from that) is only going to benefit us as he continues to develop and improve as a player, and I’m pretty happy to dismiss talk of him leaving this summer as I just don’t see why we’d be interested in a sale at this point.

He should return to pre-season training in good spirits given the praise that has gone his way.

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