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Interview with Chris Hamilton 

 

 

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I took in a Scotland U15s (2003s) training camp at the Oriam this afternoon where Scotland played two games against Motherwell and Dundee United who fielded a mix of 2003s and 2002s.  There were only two Hearts lads involved, Leon Watson and Jay King. Both played in the second game in which Scotland beat Dundee United 3-1. Neither player stood out, but at least they were part of a team that did better than the first group who lost 5-0 to Motherwell.

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It's a sign of limited thinking going with the same group of coaches. While there has been some good results over years say at U17 level there isn't the evidence of success in identifying the right players who then progress to full international. And results and performances generally seem to have dipped especially a concern at U21.

 

Callum Elliot and Jordan McGhee are examples of players likes of Stark identified and prioritised. Others too. 

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First game for Scotland U21 at Toulon is tomorrow (Sunday) v Togo 4.30pm live on FreeSports Freeview Channel 95. 

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Anthony McDonald started and Chris Hamilton was on the bench for Scotland U18s in their 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan earlier today.  Scotland play France on Saturday in the second of two friendlies being played in Marbella.

 

Marc Leonard also started, although he is now officially a Brighton player.

 

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Chris Hamilton starts for Scotland U18s

 

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U18 and away in Marbella playing France.

 

 

I've wasted my life.

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Three Scotland age group teams have been announced in the past week.

 

U16 - No Hearts players

U19 - One Hearts player (Harry Cochrane)

U20 - One Hearts player (Callumn Morrison)

 

I don't see any great evidence, as yet, of the Academy producing significantly better players than it did before the current regime took control.

 

While the club may have invested more in the academy in terms of coaching expertise, the bottom line is recruitment of the best available players at every age group. If the general standard isn't up to the mark, then the club needs to be proactive in bringing in fresh talent, even if it means paying training compensation fees to their previous clubs.

 

Hearts U16s did beat Celtic 2-1 in last week's cup semi-final at Tynecastle and will play Aberdeen in the final. However, Aberdeen are particularly strong at that age group and have four players in the Scotland U16 squad.

 

Edit: We had two players in the recent U17 squad (Connor Smith and Cammy Logan)

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Footballfirst said:

Three Scotland age group teams have been announced in the past week.

 

U16 - No Hearts players

U19 - One Hearts player (Harry Cochrane)

U20 - One Hearts player (Callumn Morrison)

 

I don't see any great evidence, as yet, of the Academy producing significantly better players than it did before the current regime took control.

 

While the club may have invested more in the academy in terms of coaching expertise, the bottom line is recruitment of the best available players at every age group. If the general standard isn't up to the mark, then the club needs to be proactive in bringing in fresh talent, even if it means paying training compensation fees to their previous clubs.

 

Hearts U16s did beat Celtic 2-1 in last week's cup semi-final at Tynecastle and will play Aberdeen in the final. However, Aberdeen are particularly strong at that age group and have four players in the Scotland U16 squad.

 

Edit: We had two players in the recent U17 squad (Connor Smith and Cammy Logan)

 

 

Although not directly connected to what’s going on at Hearts, I will add that I wouldn’t put too much correlation with National team selection at these age groups to how well players or there clubs youth set ups are faring

Its we’ll known that coaches at these age groups have there favorites, sometimes kids who looked great at u14s are still being selected for the national team at U18s because the selectors might know this kid and know what they can do, so rather than give a kid a chance they will stick with what they know.

fast forward five years and I’ll guarantee three quarters of the lads playing in these national youth squads will be playing in the juniors for Pollok or Glenafton

What I’m saying is that don’t pay too much heed to national teams at this level, the cream will always eventually rise to the top.

An example I always cite is Darren Jackson, a lad who at 19 was playing for Broxburn Athletic, but this was a guy who12 years  played in the opener in the 1998 World Cup opening for Scotland against Brazil.

 

 

 

 

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On 13/11/2018 at 11:23, Mikey1874 said:

Chris Hamilton has joined Harry Cochrane in the Scotland U19 squad for Euro qualifying group playing over next week.

 

https://www.heartsfc.co.uk/news/article/hamilton-called-up-to-scotland-u19s

No sign of him in the matchday squad for today's game against Wales.  Cochrane is on the bench.

 

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3 hours ago, Mikey1874 said:

 

 

 

I'm guessing this is connected to the bandage he had on his ankle on Monday, watching the reserve cup match.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

 

Live coverage here

Scotland National TeamVerified account @ScotlandNT 2m2 minutes ago

Scotland National Team Retweeted Scotland National Team

You can watch the match live on @Cymru's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FAWales/ 

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0-0 half time

 

Sweden beat San Marino 2-1 In other game in group 

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Wales 1-1 Scotland 70 mins gone

 

Gilmour scored Scotland's goal.

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2-1 Scotland 

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Gilmour for the 2nd 

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Harry upended ffs.

He's ok tho.

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FT 2-1 Scotland 

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N.Ireland won this year's Victory Shield 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

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I still think there is a few in this group where the age group could be one of the most interesting in years. So the 17/18 year olds, Gilmour, Cochrane, Watt, Mebude, Hamilton, Campbell, Aitchison and few others not selected are all fascinating prospects. Felt last years U17 team (which quite a few have progressed from) had something special about them, and had shown it in quite few games (but sadly seemed to fall apart in the qualification.)

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Harry Cochrane has had his second booking in 2 games so guessing he will be suspended for the third game in group. 

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Scotland 5 San Marino 0

 

Sweden 1 Wales 2

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Scotland qualified for the Elite round, as group winners, after a 2-2 draw with Sweden this afternoon.  Harry Cochrane was suspended, while Chris Hamilton was an unused substitute.

 

Wales beat San Marino 2-0 in the other group game to join Scotland in the next round.

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56 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

 

Both Ryan and Aaron Darge came on as half time substitutes in Scotland U16s 3-2 win over Australia on Thursday.  It was their first appearances for the national side.

 

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Both also started in Hearts U18s 3-0 win over Partick Thistle last night. Ryan was sporting a substantial bandage round his head after sustaining a cut against the Aussies, but it didn't stop him scoring the opening goal.  Connor Smith got the other two. 

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Harry Cochrane in Scotland U19 squad

 

 

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Kiwidoug

Love these updates about the youngsters.  Do you know, FF, when the reserves play again?  Seems an age since the last game.

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Aaron Hickey in squad too

 

 

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Hearts Leo Watson in Scotland U17 squad for Euro qualifiers 

 

These are the games in Edinburgh 

 

 

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Meanwhile we might see Aaron Hickey or Chris Hamilton for U19s tomorrow 12.00.

 

Games all live on YouTube. 

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On 11/10/2019 at 10:43, Mikey1874 said:

Meanwhile we might see Aaron Hickey or Chris Hamilton for U19s tomorrow 12.00.

 

Games all live on YouTube. 

 

Chris Hamilton starts today 

 

No Aaron Hickey again so maybe withdrawn again or agreed with Hearts he wouldn't play? 

 

Much changed team so squad rotation appears to be in place.

 

 

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Chris Hamilton is playing centre half. Where he plays for Hearts Reserves. 

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59 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

 

Chris Hamilton starts today 

 

No Aaron Hickey again so maybe withdrawn again or agreed with Hearts he wouldn't play? 

 

Much changed team so squad rotation appears to be in place.

 

 

Both full backs play for rangers youth teams. That explains hickeys omission. 

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Chris Hamilton just scored a nice close range goal but just offside 

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This was another worrying Scotland performance with a lack of guile to break down a packed defence.

 

But they eventually came through with 2 good second half goals.

 

Chris Hamilton was comfortable as usual at the back and got stuck in with some niggle with the Andorra players.

 

Next game is Germany on Tuesday. 

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Only one Hearts player named in the Scotland U16 squad for the Victory Shield at the end of the month. Centre back Callum Flatman has only been at Hearts for a couple of years having previously been at Stenhousemuir. He's one of the Balerno HS pupils.

 

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