Seven Glasgow City Ladies players have been called up to Anna Signeul’s 22-woman Scotland squad to face Wales at Tynecastle next week.
Rachel Corsie leads a trio of City defenders called up, along with midfielders Jo Love and Leanne Ross, with Jane Ross, and Women’s Champions League heroine Lisa Evans again called up, but Christie Murray misses out after picking up an injury against Valur in Reykjavik.
After winning a fifth consecutive Scottish Women’s Premier League title last week, and earlier this month reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, City’s players could feature heavily in Signeul’s plans in their first UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 Group 4 qualifier at the new home of the Scotland Women A team.
“We are really pleased with the way we performed in Israel, it wasn’t 100 per cent performance all the way through, but definitely in terms of goals it was,” Signeul said.
“For the Wales game, I think it will be a very, very tough game. I think Wales have developed a lot during the year since we last played them in February due to the fact that so many of their players play in the [Women’s] Super League and that is, of course, a great opportunity for their players to develop and get competitive games every week. I think they have benefitted greatly from the Super League.
“We go into this game with great confidence from the Israel game, and all the games we have played this year, and we definitely have set the target to win the game. We know it will be a very, very difficult game, but that’s the goal, to win the game. It won’t be easy; I think though that the players are in a very good shape at the moment, except for the injuries.
“Jo Love has come back from her injuries and she has looked sharp, I think Suzanne Grant is also playing very well at the moment, and she is fully back from her injury. It’s very pleasing to see Jennifer [Beattie] playing full games and being fully recovered from her injury.”
Scotland began their UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 qualifying campaign in style last week with an emphatic 6-1 win against Israel in Ness Ziona, and return to Tynecastle aiming to win their first home qualifier as they bid to reach the finals in Sweden for the first time.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Scotland end their 2011 campaign against the side they began the year against, with Signeul’s side needing two late goals from Love and Spartans’ Hayley Lauder in that friendly to seal a 4-2 win in Haverfordwest.
Signeul’s side also includes Arsenal Ladies treble-winning trio Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie, and Julie Fleeting who all missed the win over Wales in February, with Fleeting a doubt with a calf injury.
Having scored 19 goals in their last five matches, including a 1-0 defeat in Helsinki against Finland, Scotland are expected to overcome a Wales side which lost their opening qualifier 2-0 at home to the Republic of Ireland, and face group favourites France on Saturday in Llanelli ahead their visit to the capital.
Wales head coach Jarmo Matikainen has named a squad with both experience and youth. Twelve of whom come from England’s Women’s Super League, including the FAW Women’s Player of the Year Jess Fishlock from FA Women’s Cup runners-up Bristol Academy.
Scotland Women vs Wales Women
UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 Qualifer
Thursday 27 October, 19:00 kick-off. Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh.
Goalkeepers: Gemma Fay (Celtic) (c), Shannon Lynn (Hibernian).
Defenders: Frankie Brown (Apollon Limassol), Rachel Corsie (Glasgow City), Ifeoma Dieke (Apollon Limassol), Nicola Docherty (Rangers), Emma Fernon (Glasgow City), Rhonda Jones (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Emma Mitchell (Glasgow City), Rachael Small (Forfar Farmington).
Midfield: Hayley Lauder (Spartans), Kim Little (Arsenal), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Alana Marshall (Rangers), Joelle Murray (Rangers), Leanne Ross (Glasgow City), Megan Sneddon (Celtic).
Forwards: Jennifer Beattie (Arsenal), Lisa Evans (Glasgow City), Julie Fleeting (Arsenal), Suzanne Grant (Celtic), Jane Ross (Glasgow City).