If ENgland had lost even 1-0 to USA or Norway last night there'd be uproar. Scotland's 5-1 defeat to USA hasn't even raised any eyebrows. As it stands, your only chnace of improvement is the increase of teh Euors to 24 teams from 2016, which should make it easier for you to qualify for a major at least once every 4 years. I remember the tournaments of 1990, 1998 where the UK media looked upon Scotland as being in serious competition for qualification from the group rounds, and blatant dismissal of the like of COsta Rica as minnows. Well, Scotland are minnows are, and I think it is sad since Scotland is per head of capita one of the highest attendance in wolrd football, and has traditionally produced some of the best players who have been the back bone of many a great English side. I wonder why the likes of Norway/Sweden with their poor leagues produces higher calibre players than Scotland? Surely you should at the very least be able to compete with the likes of Greece, Turkey, who regularly qualify depsite having leagues dominated by 2-3 teams.