De Vos - I'm available for Derby

JASON De Vos last night confirmed he would be available for Ipswich Town's Championship clash at Derby County, writes Derek Davis.Erroneous reporting has suggested Canada will call all their English-based played back five days before their August 18 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala but the country's skipper strenuously denied that is the case.

JASON De Vos last night confirmed he would be available for Ipswich Town's Championship clash at Derby County, writes Derek Davis.

Erroneous reporting has suggested Canada will call all their English-based played back five days before their August 18 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala but the country's skipper strenuously denied that is the case.

The Blues defender, who signed on a free transfer from Wigan in May, last night said: "This mis-reporting has caused a lot of guys grief and it is just not true.

"(Canada manager) Frank (Yallop) knows the situation we are in because he had the same situation when he was with Ipswich and was called up. It doesn't make much difference if we report in four days before the game rather than five.


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"So he is going to allow us to play for our clubs on Saturday and then get into Vancouver on Sunday night, train Monday and Tuesday, play Wednesday and fly back as quick as we can so we will be available on the Saturday."

De Vos, who has won 46 caps, scoring three goals, admits the long haul flights can take their toll but Canada ensure their players fly business class and the defender has his own way of making sure he is not too affected by jet-lag.

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De Vos said: "I have learnt over the years the best way to adapt to the travelling and be ready for games."

Manager Yallop has proved a popular choice with the Canadian squad, who beat Belize 4-0 in both legs of their first qualifying stage. They now meet Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica in the semi-final group with the games to be played by November 17 and De Vos is sure Yallop was the right appointment after he won two Major League Soccer championships in America.

He said: "The players love him. He is probably the best choice Canada could have made.

"During June we were together 25 days, which is a long time with the same group, but he gave us time off to do our own thing and not be bogged down and so we were relaxed.

"That was not the case with the previous manager, who made us all eat together all the time, for example, and players stopped playing for the national team as they hated the routine."

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