Nothing Left To Chance Getting Ready For Canada

Last updated : 23 June 2007 By Ed_ScottishFitba
' comes down to whether you can play.'
Scotland's Under 20s head to Canada on Monday to prepare for their first game in the World Cup. Japan provide the opposition on 1st July at Royal Athletic Park Victoria and coaches Archie Gemmill and Tommy Wilson are making sure all their charges are ready for the challenge ahead. Changed days since Gemmill's international playing days when preparation for a big tournament involved no more than '
turning up'. Gemmill said: "In 1978, we just turned up and that was it - and we came back very quickly as well. But football has come on leaps and bounds and now it is all very much about detail."

Wilson and Gemmill provided each squad member with a programme at the end of the season to keep themselves fit before the trip. After meeting up and being checked and monitored, it appears that the squad have taken the advice and been doing some work. Gemmill knows that everybody will have to give of their best over the whole tournament to make progress. The team have been on a roll of form over the last two years with 22 games played and only three losses recorded. Looking back, Gemmill said: "
When we went to the European Championships in Poland last year, the preparations were not the best, but we still did remarkably well. This time, it's the other side of the coin because everything is spot on regarding training. Whatever happens, it won't be for the lack of preparation and lack of effort. Diet, training and the rest are important but I have always believed that, ultimately, it comes down to whether you can play. That's the most important thing."
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