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Julie happy to be back
 Women's Football News 24 Aug 2011
 
Julie happy to be back - 24 Aug 2011 - Women's Football NewsJulie Fleeting extended her impressive goalscoring record for Scotland with two goals in two Vauxhall International Challenge Matches at the Falkirk Stadium. 
 
Goal number 115 came in the 5-0 win over Switzerland on Sunday and she took her tally to 116 in 120 appearances with the only goal of the game against Belgium last night.
 
Goals aside, Fleeting was pleased to get two international matches under her belt, including a full 90 minutes against Belgium, after suffering an ankle injury last year.
 
There was a scare when Fleeting landed awkwardly on her ankle last night, but there was no recurrence of the injury that saw her miss the final match of the Women's World Cup qualifiers, and most of this year's warm up matches.
 
Julie told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "I knew right away that it wasn't serious and I made it pretty obvious that I didn't want to come off. You're always a bit cautious when you've had a recent injury, but I'm experienced enough now, and have had enough injuries in my career, to know when something is wrong.
 
"I've been back in action for Arsenal but these were my first couple of matches with Scotland for a while and I was pleased to get the full 90 minutes against Belgium in the end."
 
Scotland kick off their UEFA Women's Euro 2013 campaign in October and Fleeting believes the two games against Switzerland and Belgium have been ideal preparation. She said: "Getting two wins in a row when you're preparing for a new campaign is great for the confidence. We got a few goals on Sunday against Switzerland but Belgium were much more compact and it was more difficult to find the spaces.
 
"It meant that we could show a different side to our game, which was useful because we need to be prepared to come up against various styles of play, and be ready for the double-header format, when it comes to the qualifiers.
 
30-year-old Fleeting has been part of the national side for 15 years, and she sees a bright future for her current team mates. "We've got leaders all over the park at the moment. Gemma Fay, our captain and goalkeeper, is an obvious leader. The girls across the back line push us on, there are people that can take control in midfield and also players that lead from the front.
 
"I've been in the national side for a long time and I can honestly say that I've never felt more confident in the ability of the girls around me. We have players that will work and work all day to create opportunities. Everyone wants the ball, everyone wants to be the person that makes the difference.
 
"In the past we may have been very good at defending but maybe weren't so attack minded. Now everyone is comfortable on the ball. It's good to know that we have so much confidence in our own ability."
 
Fleeting played alongside 21-year-old Glasgow City striker Jane Ross in both of the recent matches and is full of praise for her new strike partner: "I've not played alongside Jane very often as she broke into the squad while I was injured, but we struck up a good partnership over the last two games.
 
"She is a really intelligent striker, and we found it easy to read each other and play off each other. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to play alongside her."
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 
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