Scotland skipper Rachel Corsie: ‘We want to be back on the big stage’

Rachel Corsie, Scotland's skipper
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Scotland captain Rachel Corsie reacts to yesterday’s draw for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Groups.

The Scots, who missed out on qualification for the 2022 Women’s Euros, will play Spain, Ukraine, Hungary and Faroe Islands, in a bid to reach the World Cup. Only the group winners are guaranteed a place at the final tournament, being hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Corsie said: “I think it’s an exciting draw. After the last campaign there was a lot of disappointment within the group so it’s great to know what’s ahead and who we have to face. The draw has definitely produced games we feel more than capable of getting positive results in, so we can put ourselves in a good position to reach the next World Cup.

“Spain are now considered one of the top teams in the world and they’ve improved a lot recently as they have talented young players who are becoming more experienced. I think that’s reflected in how well teams like Barcelona are doing in the Champions League.

“It’s certainly a tough team to be drawn against but it’s one to look forward to as we have top players who are playing at a high level and we need to show what we can do. We’ll relish those games I’m sure.

“Over the years we’ve seen the pot 3 and pot 4 teams really improve so there are no easy games in our group. We have to focus on ourselves though and we have a squad of players who are at their peak so now it’s time to show what we’re capable of again.

“For those of us who have had a taste of those major tournaments, we absolutely want to get back there for the country as a whole. We saw the huge impact being at the World Cup in 2019 had, and how much the country got behind us. We are all Scotland fans at heart too and we want to be back on the big stage, competing against the best. We have a great chance to do that with the squad of players we have.”

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