Kenny Swain has praised his Young Lions after they lifted the Victory Shield for the twelfth successive time on Thursday evening.
Giorgio Rasulo’s single goal secured the victory right at the death to build on wins against Northern Ireland and Wales.
Swain told thefa.com: “I felt sorry for the Scots as they didn’t deserve to lose the game really, but that’s football.
“I’m delighted with what character the boys showed, we were patient in our play.
“Scotland had some fantastic chances to win the game, but so did we. In the end, the players kept going and got their just rewards by nicking it in the last minute.
“For me it’s always about performances at this age and the lads showed that.
“We had belief, courage and we were tenacious until the final whistle, kept to our game plan and showed that they had a great character as a team.”
Swain believes the talent coming through the ranks on the international scene is getting even better every year.
He added: “Year on year in this competition the technical ability is improving all the time.
“Every year we have some real talent coming through the system.
“We have a lot more players to choose from and the talent pool is getting greater every year.
“I like to give as many players a taste of international football at this level as I can and they’ve impressed me this year over the three games.
“It gives me great pleasure in seeing players from this age group going on and representing their country at U17, U19, Under-21 and eventually being capped at senior level.”