I have been on the Finland bandwagon for a while now and I think it is exciting. Maybe I am going a little too far in suggesting that Teemu Pukki should one day be the president of Finland.
But maybe a career in politics awaits the Finnish forward when he decides to hang up his boots.
Anyway, I need to stop going off on a tangent, but Pukki continues to do great things for the national team of Finland and recently he scored a brace in a 2-0 win over Bosnia in Tampere on 8 June and he also scored one of the goals in a road victory over Liechtenstein three days later.
Everything else has gone to plan in Group J for Euro 2020 qualifying as Italy earned wins over Greece and Bosnia and the Armenians pulled off an upset of Greece in Athens on 11 June.
Italy is currently top of the group with twelve points and has pretty much been perfect aside from falling behind to Bosnia in a 2-1 victory.
Finland sits in the second position with nine points and things are looking good for the Finns to participate in their first every major football tournament.
Teemu Pukki was the hero for Finland in Nations League with three goals and he has already scored three goals in Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Finns have a three-point lead over third-place Armenia and we already saw Finland defeat the Armenians 2-0 in Yerevan on 26 March.
In simple English, Finland now has the pressure to qualify and it shouldn’t be a problem considering four of its final six qualifiers will be played at home.
We all know it is easy to get complacent or overconfident. But manager Markku Kanerva as his men focused and I think we will see Finland qualify automatically instead of having to go through the Euro 2020 playoffs.