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Beaten Burley vows to battle on as Scotland boss

George Burley underlined his determination to remain as Scotland manager after the country's World Cup hopes dissipated following a 1-0 defeat to Holland on Wednesday night.

A goal from substitute Eljero Elia condemned Scotland to a painful defeat at Hampden Park which saw them finish third in Group Nine, with Norway stealing into second with a victory over Macedonia.

Burley has been under scrutiny throughout Scotland's qualification campaign, particularly following two disappointing results against Norway, and there is bound to be widespread speculation about his future with the country.

But the former Ipswich Town manager is adamant that he is still the best man for The Scottish Football Association ahead of the qualification campaign for Euro 2012.

"Everybody makes mistakes, of course you do. But we were one step away and it wasn't to be," Burley told Sky Sports. "We certainly showed passion and commitment, but we didn't get the breaks. If we did, we would have been in the play-offs.

"All I'm doing is managing Scotland and I think the public tonight appreciated that. The players showed that they had the passion to play for their country and that was important to me.

"I was proud of the players tonight, I was proud of the way we played, they couldn't have done any more. I'm manager of Scotland and I'm proud of it. We haven't been in a major championships for the last ten years, so there are areas we need to improve.

"In football, it's up to other people. I want to continue as manager of Scotland, of course I do."

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