Gary Caldwell believes he is playing in the strongest Scotland squad he has been a part of.
Caldwell, 30, has been part of the national team for ten years since first gaining a cup under Berti Vogts in France.
He has been part of six unsuccessful qualifying campaigns for major tournaments but says that this one can be different.
Ahead of Scotland’s friendly with Australia at Easter Road on Wednesday, the Wigan Athletic captain said that the growing strength-in-depth around the squad would stand them in good stead when the real games to reach Brazil in 2014 come around.
Caldwell said: “We’ve been too long out of major finals and as a group of players I think now we’ve got the strength in depth to mount a challenge in this group.
“It would be great for the country to be back at a major finals.
“You just need to look at the squad list and see the number of players playing the Premier League in England and the Championship, which is a fantastic league.
“The overall quality and the players that are being picked are better than the groups I’ve been involved with in the past.
“It’s no good just saying it though. We need to go out and show it in every game we play.”