The UEFA Nations League wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms when it was first announced.
Many fans felt it was simply a way of over-glorifying friendlies and that the much-maligned international breaks would continue to bore and frustrate.
However, the tournament has been somewhat of a breath of fresh air.
It has thrown up some enticing encounters and added a competitive element to a set of international breaks that would have otherwise been extremely tedious.
England fans will certainly be singing it’s praises after their side qualified for the final four in dramatic fashion against Croatia while Germany might be forgiven for thinking less of the new tourney having been relegated at the first time of asking.
The league extended beyond the big names of European football as well though, providing the so-called lesser nations an opportunity to compete against each other for a place in the higher leagues.
One such team that could be moving up is Scotland after they edged past Israel 3-2 in their final group game in the C-League.
But it was the Israeli team that attracted plenty of praise for their lovely gesture to the game’s mascots before kick off.
On what was a very cold night at the famous Hampden Park, the young mascots were bizarrely made to walk out in just a t-shirt and shorts and were quite clearly freezing.
Fortunately, the Israeli team came to the rescue, offering their jackets to the children who had accompanied them.
This is kind of thing you love to see footballers doing.
The poor kids really did look to be struggling so well done to the Israeli lads for acting so quickly.
Unfortunately for Israel, it proved to be the most memorable part of their night, as the Scots claimed a crucial victory.
Israel netted on two occasions but a James Forrest Hattrick proved to be too much as Scotland went roaring through to the playoffs.
Thankfully, club football returns this weekend - but it certainly hasn’t been the worst international break ever.
Even still, it will be a relief to get back to the high drama of club football.
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