Alan Hutton believes Scotland's performance in their 3-2 loss to England on Wednesday night shows they are a very capable outfit.
The Aston Villa right-back and his Tartan teammates twice led their English counterparts at Wembley before succumbing to a 70th minute header from Rickie Lambert and despite the defeat, the Scots left London with plenty of positivity.
"We all know England are one of the top teams in the world so we knew it was going to be a tough test," Hutton told Sky Sports.
"But it showed we can handle the bigger teams and hopefully it is a stepping stone to move on to better things for us.
"To be able to score two goals and be able put in a good performance, I think we can take a lot of positives."
Scotland, who are out of the race for Brazil 2014, next take on the highly-rated Belgium side at Hampden Park in a World Cup qualifier in September.