FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers
Scotland v Poland
Saturday 5th April 2014, kick-off 5.30pm
Fir Park, Motherwell
Live on BBC ALBA
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Bosnia-Herzegovina v Scotland
Thursday 10th April, kick-off 2.00 pm
Bilino Polje, Zenica
Scotland women’s national coach, Anna Signeul, senses a feel-good factor around the national teams, as she announces her squad for another crucial FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying double-header.
Scotland currently sit top of Group 4 with maximum points from their first four games. The squad goes in to the matches against Poland and Bosnia on the back of a successful Cyprus Women’s Cup, in which Scotland were unbeaten against France, The Netherlands and Australia, only losing on penalties to Korea Republic in the final placing match.
Anna insists that the positivity around the national teams is very much be design.
She said: “Yes, there is a lot of positivity around the national squads at the moment. We have recorded some very good results recently, as have the men’s squad.
“Our women’s under-17s reached the Euro finals in November and the under-16s won the Victory Shield. All of the women’s and men’s youth squads have been playing well and winning matches, including the under-17s in their first elite round qualifier last night.
“That is down to a lot of hard work by the coaches and national team staff, but the investment in the performance strategy has been crucial.
“In terms of the women’s national teams, we now have a bigger programme of training camps and matches. Keeping up this level of intensity has been very important for our development at all age groups.
“A key benefit for the senior women’s squad has been our partnership with the Scottish Institute of Sport, which has transformed our strength and conditioning training and led to the players becoming fitter than ever.”
Scotland go into their next two qualifiers looking to stay ahead of group favourites, Sweden, who are currently three points behind Scotland, with a game in hand.
Anna said: “We defeated both Poland and Bosnia in the first half of the campaign, so we have an idea of what we will be up against. We will be prepared for two very tough matches. Bosnia lost only one goal, a penalty, when they hosted Sweden so we know it will be a difficult place to go to, but we need to focus on keeping our momentum going.”
Jennifer Beattie – Montpellier HSC
Emma Black – Glasgow City
Frankie Brown – Hibernian
Rachel Corsie – Notts County
Nicola Docherty – Glasgow City
Ifeoma Dieke – Vittsjo GIK
Lisa Evans – FFC Turbine Potsdam
Gemma Fay – Celtic
Suzanne Lappin – Glasgow City
Hayley Lauder – Vittsjo GIK
Kim Little – Seattle Reign
Joanne Love – Glasgow City
Shannon Lynn – Hibernian
Emma Mitchell – Arsenal
Christie Murray – Arsenal
Joelle Murray – Hibernian
Jane Ross – Vittsjo GIK
Leanne Ross – Glasgow City
Megan Sneddon – Rangers
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