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Leanne celebrates 50th Scotland cap
 Women's Football News 18 Jun 2010
 
Leanne celebrates 50th Scotland cap - 18 Jun 2010 - Women's Football NewsLeanne Ross recently celebrated winning her 50th Scotland cap, but the midfielder says that she's more focused on being part of a successful Scotland squad than hitting personal milestones.
 
"I'm absolutely delighted to reach my 50th cap," she said, "particularly because I was a latecomer to the international scene, but at the moment my focus is solely on qualifying for the Women's World Cup in Germany next year."
 
Leanne has been an integral part of the squad that has gone unbeaten in this campaign, with wins over Greece, Bulgaria, and two victories against Georgia, and she says that the players are on a high ahead of this week's crucial double header of matches when they take on Bulgaria and Denmark.
 
"There's a really good feeling around the squad at the moment," Leanne reveals. "We've got a 100% record in this campaign, so we just need to keep doing the best we can, prepare well for the games, and hopefully we'll continue to get the results we need.
 
"We've got to be confident going into the Bulgaria game. We dominated the home match in April, but we're aware that they took points off Denmark over there.
 
"We beat them 8-1 so I'm sure they'll be looking for revenge after such a heavy defeat, but we've just got to play our own game and then turn our attention to Denmark when we get back."
 
28-year-old Leanne picked up her 50th cap in a 3-3 friendly draw with Switzerland earlier this month, a game which saw Scotland on the ropes in the first half. "I came off the bench, and it was a bit difficult to get into the pace of the game - the tempo was high and it was so hot. We went 3-1 down but we showed character to get the goals that we needed.
 
"We have lost early goals in a few games recently, and we need to work on that, but we know that if we do go behind we've got a group of players who are capable of coming back, and can go on to dominate games."
 
Leanne's first cap, also against Switzerland, came in 2006 after a stuttering start to her international career. "I played a couple of times for the Under-19 squad, but I broke my foot and never managed to play at that age group again. It was five or six years before I was called into the A squad, and to be honest I thought my chance had passed.
 
"My main memory of that first game is the national anthems. I was pretty nervous so I barely remember the match itself. But we won 1-0 and I have a photo from a newspaper of me celebrating with Nicky Grant after she scored, so I have something to remember it by."
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 
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