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Anna Signeul names Scotland’s 22-woman squad to face Wales

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SEVEN Glasgow City players feature in Anna Signeul’s Scotland Women 22-woman squad to face Wales in their first home UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 qualifier at Tynecastle.

City’s UEFA Women’s Champions League hero Lisa Evans is again called up, along with captain Rachel Corsie, defenders Emma Mitchell and Emma Fernon, midfielders Jo Love and Leanne Ross, and Jane Ross.

Signeul expects a tougher fixture from a Welsh side packed with players from England’s Women’s Super League than their friendly in February when Scotland ran out 4-2 winners in Haverfordwest.

On that occasion, Scotland went behind early in the first half before asserting themselves on the game and scoring a late goal to take a 2-1 half-time lead.

The second half saw both teams have chances, and Scotland needed two late goals from Jo Love and Hayley Lauder to seal a win in their first game of 2011 after Wales levelled the score with 15 minutes to go.

“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.”

English champions Arsenal Ladies’ Scottish trio of Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and Julie Fleeting, who all missed that game, make the squad, with a question over Fleeting, who recently suffered ankle and calf problems.

Goalkeeper and captain Gemma Fay leads a trio of call-ups from Celtic Ladies – who tonight meet City in the semi-finals of the Henson Projects Scottish Cup at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility – along with Megan Sneddon and Suzanne Grant.

Christie Murray misses out with an injury picked up in the second leg of Glasgow City’s Women’s Champions League tie against Valur.

Scotland will hope to build on an emphatic 6-1 win over Israel last week in their opening qualifier in Ness Ziona, as they return to Tynecastle – the new home of Scottish women’s football – where they triumphed 7-2 against Finland in a friendly match last month.

Scotland Women vs Wales Women
UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 Qualifer
Thursday 27 October, 19:00 kick-off. Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh.

Squad:

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).

Check out our Women’s Football Special on The Final Whistle Scottish Football show presented by Gareth Llewellyn, with Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black and Glasgow City & Scotland players Rachel Corsie and Emma Fernon.

Report by Gareth Llewellyn at Tynecastle stadium | © Photos by Edinburgh Elite photography

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