Shelley Kerr names Scotland Women’s squad for return to action

Kirsty  in Sotland squad for second time
Manchester United’s Kirsty Hanson get her second Scotland call up. (PA Images)

Shelley Kerr has named her first Scotland squad for seven months as her side prepare to continue their quest for Women’s EURO qualification.

Amy Muir and Hayley Lauder miss out and Lisa Evans is ruled out through injury, while Kirsty Hanson has received her second call-up after being named Player of the Match in the 5-0 win over Albania last November.

Lucy Graham retains her place in the team having impressed at the Pinatar Cup and captaining Everton to an FA Cup Final spot.

Scotland currently sit in second spot in the qualifying group, four points off top spot with two games in hand on leaders Finland.

Albania are first up on Friday 23 October at Tynecastle Park, with the game live on BBC ALBA at 7.30pm. A trip to face Finland follows on Tuesday 27 October, where the game begins at 4.15pm (UK time) and is again live on BBC ALBA.

Shelley Kerr
Scotland head coach, Shelley Kerr. (PA Images)

Looking ahead to the two games, Shelley Kerr told scottishfa.co.uk: 

“We know Albania well and I think they’re getting better and better. They’ve got some good individual players. They’ll shoot from distance and try and play a bit too. If we give them time and space they’ll give us problems.

“Finland are very strong and well organised by my old coach Anna Signeul, who I’ve got a lot of respect for. They’ll be a tough opponent to play against and they’ve proved to be a talented side so far in the group, scoring a late equaliser against Portugal. These are the games you want to be involved in.”

Scotland Women’s Squad

Goalkeepers

Lee Alexander (Glasgow City)
Jenna Fife (Rangers)
Shannon Lynn (Vittsjö GIK)

Defenders

Jen Beattie (Arsenal)
Rachael Boyle (Hibernian)
Rachel Corsie (Birmingham City *)
Nicola Docherty (Rangers)
Hannah Godfrey (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sophie Howard (Leicester City)
Emma Mitchell (Reading)
Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)

Midfielders

Chloe Arthur (Aston Villa)
Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City)
Lucy Graham (Everton)
Samantha Kerr (Glasgow City)
Kim Little (Arsenal)
Christie Murray (Birmingham City)
Caroline Weir (Manchester City)

Forwards

Lizzie Arnot (Rangers)
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea)
Claire Emslie (Everton**)
Abbi Grant (Birmingham City)
Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United)
Jane Ross (Manchester United)
Martha Thomas (West Ham United)

*On loan from Utah Royals
**On loan from Orlando Pride

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