Scotland’s plans for a successful 2010 World Cup were dealt a major blow yesterday as the national manager failed to name a 21 man squad for the plane to South Africa. As other International teams announced their line-ups, including World Cup minnows New Zealand, there was silence from Hamden Park. Manager, Craig Levein, could not be reached for comment. It was widely reported in the Scottish press that Levein was holidaying in Florida – A shocking 8,000 miles from Johannesburg.
This follows remarkable revelations this week that the Scottish Football Association (SFA) has yet to secure a team hotel in South Africa, or arranged any pre-tournament friendly matches. Other rumours were circling yesterday that the SFA had neglected to charter a plane, or even arrange a team bus.
With many squads going through the rigours of altitude training in preparation for the tournament, several of Scotland’s players were spotted yesterday going about their normal business, seemingly impervious to the start of the World Cup in less than 10 days. Kenny Miller, whose goals will be crucial if Scotland are to progress to the latter stages of the competition, was pictured buying a television in a local electrical store. Gary Caldwell, who suffered a serious hip injury in May, appeared to be losing his frantic race for fitness, and was spotted fishing with friends.
In a revelation that will cause further embarrassment to the world of football, our investigations today also uncovered the possibility that FIFA may have even neglected to schedule Scotland’s World Cup fixtures. When we checked today on the FIFA World Cup website, there was no mention of Scotland forthcoming first round matches.
If these stories prove true, the 44th best team in the world will find its road to glory in South Africa severely hampered.