Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal reflected on a ‘special moment’ after scoring on his return to Glasgow in Israel’s 3-2 defeat to Scotland, and is feeling confident about his national team’s future despite the result.
Kayal admitted his frustration with the result in the UEFA Nations League clash at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening, but feels there is now fresh impetus in the national set-up.
He said, “I’ve watched it a few times, and a lot of my friends and family have sent it to me.
“It was a special moment for me back in Glasgow, but the disappointing thing was we didn’t get a result.
“It’s a proud moment every time they call me to be there and most of the time we get the good feeling when I play for them, especially at home, but then we are trying to build something new now.
“It’s great that we have a new manager and sporting director. They’re coming in with new ideas and as one of the experienced players, every time they want me, I’ll be there and ready for the challenge.”
Attentions then turned back to Albion matters and Saturday’s game against Leicester City, and Kayal looked back on last season’s clash at the Amex where the Foxes came away as 2-0 winners.
“It is one of the games I remember best. I got the opportunity to start the game at the Amex and we controlled it. We had the opportunities to score and then they got a goal after 83 minutes.
“It was tough as I had just come back into the team after an injury and I was looking to have a winning run in the team. We lost and I also lost my place in the team.
“Saturday is another massive game for us, especially as we’re playing at home. Hopefully it will be a great afternoon for our fans.”
The Israeli heads into Saturday’s game just one yellow card away from a suspension, but stressed that it won't impact on his performance at the weekend.
“This was something I heard about in the last game when I got four yellow cards. The yellow I got was for the team.
“If I think about it too much it will affect my performance and I will lose my fight, so I will just play my normal game.
“If I can finish the game without a yellow card then that will be fantastic, but if it comes and I need to do it for my teammates then I will do that.”