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A GREAT OCCASION FOR FOOTBALL

17 June 2016

It may be the close season, but when football runs through the blood, you can't ignore an international tournament.

That's the view of United manager Graham Alexander who, despite Scotland being the only home nation to not qualify for Euro 2016, is still paying close attention to the tournament.

"It's a great occasion for football," the ex-Scottish international told The Iron PlayerHD.

"I'm a bit gutted that Scotland didn't qualify, particularly because all the other home nations are there. We've had to lick our wounds this summer.

"It's been really good so far with the quality that has been shown. It's for everyone that loves football and seeing the different styles going against each other and how the managers organise the teams is great for me to pick up some things."

As for the winners, the United boss is hoping for a repeat of something similar to Leicester City's triumph in the Premier League last season. Nevertheless, he concedes a shock winner again appears unlikely.

"It's hard for me to look beyond the big boys to win and if you say Germany or Spain it sounds predictable," he continued.

"As you saw in the Premier League last season, anyone can win and it'd be great for that to happen but it's hard to look beyond the usual suspects."

See much more from Graham Alexander, who has spoken about new signing Josh Morris, pre-season and more on The Iron PlayerHD.

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