Rachel Small Returns to Scotland Squad

Photo: scottishfa.co.uk

Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr has named her first squad of the year for a training camp, including matches against Norway and Russia in Spain, making one change from her last squad (reports scottishfa.co.uk)

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)

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 matches 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 match is on Thursday, 5 April against Switzerland away from home before they play Poland in 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 Squad

Goalkeepers

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

Defenders

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

Midfielders

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

Forwards

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