Scotland captain Barry Ferguson admits he doubted the side´s chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 when the draw paired them in the same group as World Cup finalists Italy and France, as well as quarter-finalists Ukraine.

However, after eight games Alex McLeish´s men are one point behind leaders France and one point ahead of World Cup-holders Italy and Ferguson, who will return to the side against the French at the Parc des Princes after serving a one-game ban, now hopes to guide Scotland to their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

He said: "No-one gave us a chance when the draw was made. I even thought to myself, ´Oh no, here we go again´, but fair play to the lads, we´ve done so well to get to this stage. Now we´re here we don´t want to let it slip away."

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