Dangerman Fletcher Can Hurt The Japanese
Japan have the advantage over Scotland as both sides get ready for their first game of the Under 20s world Cup. With the interest in SPL football generated by the appearance of Shunsuke Nakamura, many of the Under 20s squad will have been viewed in action in Japan. Coach Yashushi Yoshida has been doing his homework and watched Scotland on two occasions live and watching DVDs of last summers European Championships when Scotland ended as runners up.
He said: "They are an very strong side and they definitely have a very good chance of winning this whole tournament. And I think Steven Fletcher is Scotland's best player without a doubt. He is capable of causing us problems. It is very important for Japan to win on Sunday but we know that it will be very difficult. We have trained in Canada for four days now and worked on a lot of things, so I am happy with where we are."
Scotland's coaches Archie Gemmill and Tommy Wilson must be fairly pleased with where their squad are as well. They managed to get FIFA permission for a 60 minute game against amateur side Victoria United on Thursday and watched as 5 goals hit the Canadian net. Callum Elliot (2), Brian Gilmour, Ross Campbell and Fletcher will all feel better for scoring and will hope to repeat the feat tomorrow.
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