Another of the tournament debutantes, Scotland have come along leaps and bounds since Shelley Kerr took charge of the squad following Anna Signeul’s departure after the 2017 European Championships.
With more and more players plying their trade south of the board, the coach is boosted by how many are full time and better conditioned than just a few years ago – increased funding to the team helping bring the home-based players up to speed.
With a few question marks in the squad, Scotland could be a little firmer in themselves heading into the tournament but by and large, Kerr has the best 23 she could have hoped for.
Having missed the Euros, Kim Little will be determined to finally show her quality on the world stage as Jennifer Beattie and Lizzie Arnot are similarly available having missed out through injury two years ago.
With Chelsea’s young Erin Cuthbert a star in the making, she’ll travel to France as one of the most inform WSL players, her breakout season one that will have put Scotland’s opposition on high alert.
Goalkeepers: Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjö GIK).
Defenders: Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City), Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City), Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals), Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City), Sophie Howard (Reading), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Kirsty Smith (Manchester Utd).
Midfielders: Lizzie Arnot (Manchester Utd), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Arsenal), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool), Caroline Weir (Manchester City).
Forwards: Fiona Brown (FC Rosengård), Lana Clelland (Fiorentina), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea), Claire Emslie (Manchester City), Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Jane Ross (West Ham United).
Tournaments aren’t always kind to debutants and being drawn into a group with the same team who gave them a rude awakening in their first ever European Championship match feels like an awkward joke. Anyone who expects the Scotland team of 2017 to take to the pitches in France are in for a surprise, many won’t expect much for Shelley Kerr’s team, but they look perfectly capable of reaching the last 16. However, with a potential showdown against Germany on the cards for their first knockout game, Scotland may yet have a short summer.
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