As Finland prepare to meet Liechtenstein and potentially qualify for their first major tournament in 80 years, midfielder Glen Kamara was his usual cool, calm and collected self.
With Friday night’s match possibly the biggest in Finnish football history, he told Yle News he no longer gets nervous when he joins up with the national team.
"When I was younger yeah but not any more," Kamara said. "I wouldn’t say I’m an old veteran but I kind of got used to it. I feel fine, I’m just excited for the game as usual. I feel like we can just go out there and do what we can do, and do our best, and hopefully we can go and get a result."
Kamara grew up in Finland before moving to London as a teenager. His current success has helped him reconnect with some old friends.
"I’ve got a few childhood friends coming to see the game tomorrow who I haven’t seen in years upon years, so that’s going to be exciting," the young midfielder said. "Everyone’s been really good, supportive, messaging me and that."
Happy, for now
At the Finnish team’s waterfront hotel in Helsinki, Kamara was happy to ponder the impact of uprooting again when he moved from Arsenal to Dundee in 2017.
"Going up to Scotland’s been good for me, for my career," Kamara said. "You have everything there, nutrition, the coaches, you’ve got your team-mates, better players who make you better yourself, so it’s been great."
In January Kamara moved on to Glasgow giants Rangers, and has excelled again in his new environment.
There has been speculation linking him with a move back down south, but Kamara declared that nothing would distract him from the task at hand--beating Liechtenstein.
"You know what, I’m a Rangers player until told otherwise, I have no relevance to anything else so I’m focused on Rangers and Finland at the moment," the diminutive midfield dynamo hedged.
Once Liechtenstein are out of the way he can make plans for next summer--and maybe after that as well.