National Squad To Train In Spain

Scotland Women's National Team head coach Shelley Kerr dropped in the Oriam in Edinburgh today to announce her first squad, making one change from her previous squad, of the year for a training camp in Spain which will include games against Norway and Russia in Spain.

Shelley Kerr

Shelley Kerr (c) Ger Harley SportPix

Rachael Small has been reintroduced having missed out on Scotland’s last two qualifiers. She was part of Hibernian’s SSE Scottish Women's Cup winning squad last year and replaces Lucy Graham. The game will act as preparation for Scotland as they aim to reach their first ever World Cup, having won their opening two fixtures.  Their next competitive game is on Thursday, 5 April away to Switzerland before they welcome Poland to Scotland five days later.

Scotland have recently moved into the top 10 of the European rankings for the first time, rising from 11th to eighth place.  Kerr said: "2018 is massive year for Scottish women’s football as we aim to reach our first World Cup and we need to prepare well for our qualification matches.  Being away with the squad allows us some more time to be together as a squad and test ourselves against a good standard of opposition.  We’re happy with how the squad has been shaping up recently and have kept consistency within the group for our first camp of the year."

Scotland Women's National Team Squad

Lee Alexander (Glasgow City) 3 caps    
Jenna Fife (Hibernian) 0 caps
Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK) 24 caps

Chloe Arthur (Bristol City) 12 caps
Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City) 108 caps
Frankie Brown (Bristol City) 91 caps
Rachel Corsie (Seattle Reign) 94 caps
Sophie Howard (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 4 caps
Emma Mitchell (Arsenal) 52 caps
Joelle Murray (Hibernian) 45 caps
Kirsty Smith (Hibernian) 25 caps

Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City) 57 caps
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea) 14 caps
Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City) 29 caps
Joanne Love (Glasgow City) 88 caps
Rachael Small (Hibernian) 182 caps
Caroline Weir (Liverpool) 44 caps
Fiona Brown (FC Rosengård) 24 caps
Lana Clelland (UPC Tavagnacco) 20 caps
Claire Emslie (Manchester City) 5 caps
Lisa Evans (Arsenal) 66 caps
Christie Murray (-) 49 caps
Jane Ross (Manchester City) 110 caps

Women’s International Challenge Matches
Scotland v Norway
La Manga Club, La Manga
Friday, 19 January 2018, 5pm (UK time)    

Scotland v Russia
Pinatar Football Arena, San Pedro del Pinatar
Monday, 22 January 2018, 2pm (UK time)

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