Winnipeg Fury Posted March 23, 2007 Share Posted March 23, 2007 Bermuda Sun: Non-committed players dropped from football team No one in the football world expects much from either Bermuda or Canada. Both sides are languishing just outside the top 100 in the FIFA rankings; both programmes are being run by interim coaches; and both countries know they have to play a lot more games if the rest of the world is to take them seriously. Sunday's 3pm match at the National Centre is a step for both sides in gaining that respect. Bermuda's fill-in coach Kenny Thompson said the squad has yet to be finalized, but there would be a few new players due to some footballers being uncommitted to the national team. The side will be captained by Keith Jennings. "We have to build a team and build a programme based on players who are both available and committed - and more so from the commitment standpoint. No longer in the national programme can we have players come to the training ground too infrequently. "Some of those players won't be participating in this match, so we're replaced them." He said with Government providing $15 million, the funding is in place to take Bermuda to a higher level so "there should be a motivation for players now to play in the national team and to prepare properly. "The funding is now here, so the excuses are now over from the player's standpoint." Thompson said the national team is another rebuilding phase, and the Canada game will help provide exposure to international football to some of the younger guys. "This should help develop and accelerate their development in tough matches," he said. "This way the players get a real idea how difficult international football can be. The players aren't stretched to the level that is required during club matches." He added the players will find out quickly that the speed of thought, mental and physical requirements needed to play at this level. He said Bermuda's footballers are capable of playing at a high level but it will take a mentality shift. Stephen Hart, Canada's Under-21 coach, is the interim coach for the Canucks. It's important that we play as many games as possible. And two, that we play as many games as possible in CONCACAF. The country has been without a head coach since Frank Yallop quit last June to take over the LA Galaxy. "This camp was a unique opportunity to get as many of the players as possible together to train and get to know each other a little bit better. National teams are a lot more difficult in getting the relationships right and this was a great opportunity for that." He said it was a unique opportunity to get together two of Canada's brightest - two-time runner-up for the MLS MVP award Dwayne De Rosario of the Houston Dynamo and Ante Jazic of the Los Angeles Galaxy are included in the squad. Hart said the location of Bermuda made it easy to fly both players in for the match. The Canadians have also recalled Paul Stalteri (Tottenham) and Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham) from England as well as and Julian de Gu zman from Deportivo La Coruna, Spain. Lars Hirschfield has also been recalled to take over goalkeeping duties. The Norwegian club pro has made only two appearances for Canada over the last four years because of injuries and playing so far from home. Stalteri said the Canadians are going all out to win. "No game at this level is a friendly kick about or we wouldn't have brought over 15 or 16 players from Europe for the match." De Rosario added: "Because we're a country that doesn't play a lot of games, every game that we do play is important. We try to get the best out of it regardless of the situation or regardless of the ranking of the team." Not playing very many internationals was a sore spot for Hart. "We played 22 less games than the top five teams in CONCACAF. That's unacceptable. We want to try and improve that," Hart said. He added that Canada should be playing 14 to 16 matches a year. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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