Euro 2008 Success Unites Thrilled Brits

UK national squads put on surprising show in qualifying round
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2007 7:22 AM CDT
Scotland's James Mcfadden, center, shoots to score the only goal during the EURO 2008 Qualifying soccer match against France at the Par des Princes, Paris, Wednesday Sept. 12, 2007. Scotland won the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the UK, where following soccer usually means either supporting or scorning Manchester United, the national teams of England and Scotland are captivating the public, the Telegraph reports. And with England's 3-0 trouncing of Russia and Scotland's unexpected 1-0 triumph over France this week, both national teams have a shot at the Euro 2008 quarterfinals.

With three games left, Scotland sits first in Group B ahead of struggling favorites Italy and France, and England is second to Croatia in Group E. If either team makes it to the final tournament, host countries Austria and Switzerland can expect an influx of Brits, just as Parisians found themselves awash in a sea of kilts this week.