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Anna Signeul names Scotland squad to face Faroes and Bosnia

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Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Scotland manager Anna Signeul has named her squad for the opening FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying double headers against the Faroe Islands and Bosnia.

Signeul’s side will also face Sweden, Poland and Northern Ireland in their group, with the Swedish side expected to top the group.

Speaking to the official Scottish FA website, Signeul said: “Sweden are, of course, the favourites to finish top, but we’re not just going to hand the group to them. We will go in to every match with the same level of commitment, and looking to win.

“We have built a squad that has a good mix. Our younger players picked up valuable experience throughout the last campaign and have taken a step up to become very important for us. Even some of our most experienced players are still relatively young, look at Kim Little and Jenny Beattie, who have 150 caps between them at just 23 and 22 years old.”

Despite facing the two lowest ranked teams first up, Signeul stated that her charges would not be complacent. She added: “We will never be complacent; we’re not going to Faroe Islands thinking that it will be an easy game. For one thing it’s the first match of the campaign, and those can be nervy occasions. We know that we will need to work hard if we want to get a win.

“It will be the same against Bosnia. At the beginning of the last campaign we went to Israel and won 6-1 in the opening game, and then drew with Wales in our first home match. We were very disappointed to drop those early points at home and will be determined not to let that happen again.

“What I want to see in these first two games is 100% commitment in every situation, desire to be first to every ball, and players taking responsibility all over the pitch.”

After a superb EURO 2013 qualifying campaign, which saw the Scots finish second behind France, they were cruelly dumped out of the play-offs with the final kick of the game against the Spanish. Despite that blow, Scotland will be looking to build on that campaign to reach the World Cup 2015 in Canada.

Scotland squad:

Jennifer Beattie (Montpellier HSC)
Frankie Brown (Hibernian)
Rachel Corsie (Glasgow City)
Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City)
Lisa Evans (FFC Turbine Potsdam)
Gemma Fay (Celtic) (GK)
Suzanne Lappin (Glasgow City)
Hayley Lauder (Mallbackens IF)
Kim Little (Arsenal)
Shannon Lynn (Hibernian) (GK)
Suzanne Malone (Glasgow City)
Eilish McSorley (Glasgow City)
Emma Mitchell (Arsenal)
Joelle Murray (Hibernian)
Jane Ross (Vittsjö GIK)
Leanne Ross (Glasgow City)
Megan Sneddon (Rangers)

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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