Scotland land at World Cup in better shape and in executive style

• Judy Murray and Steve Clarke delivered pep talks beforehand
• We’ve got a better style of play, says full-back Nicola Docherty

It is safe to assume Nicola Sturgeon has secured Nicola Docherty’s vote. Before the first minister facilitated the funding that has enabled all part?time players in Scotland’s World Cup squad to take six-month sabbaticals from their day jobs, the Glasgow City full?back routinely got up at 5.45am.

There was a gym session before leaving for work in Edinburgh caring for dementia patients and then a drive for evening training at Glasgow City but, thanks to Sturgeon, Docherty and her teammates have arrived in Nice virtually unrecognisable from the team who lost 6-0 to England at Euro 2017.

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