Gordon Strachan concedes the quality at his disposal pales in comparison to previous generations of Scotland internationals.
The Scotland boss was referring to comments made by former national manager Craig Brown who said the country lacks the top quality required to compete at international level in major tournaments.
Strachan, who gave call-ups to Rangers duo Barrie McKay, Lee Wallace and Hearts full-back Callum Paterson for the double header against Italy and France at the end of the month, agreed there isn’t enough players playing at the highest level.
“None are playing European football in there but when you went back to Craig’s day there were a lot playing,” he told BBC Scotland.
“If you go back 10 years ago you find a lot playing European football. So that is where we are at the moment, so he has a valid point.
“But what I have got when I get this group together is a great bunch of lads and that is why we have to work as a team, and we have to put in more hours because we do not have the individuals that other international teams have got.”