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Scotland name squad for qualifiers
 Women's Football News 15 Sep 2013
 
Anna Signeul has named her squad for the opening FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying matches against Faroe Islands and Bosnia. 
 
After reaching the play-offs for the last UEFA Women's Euro campaign, Signeul is looking to build on the progress made as Scotland aim to navigate through a group that also features world number five side Sweden, Poland and Northern Ireland.
 
She said: "Sweden are, of course, the favourites to finish top, but we're not just going to hand the group to them.
 
"We will go in to every match with the same level of commitment, and looking to win.
 
"We have built a squad that has a good mix. Our younger players picked up valuable experience throughout the last campaign and have taken a step up to become very important for us.
 
"Even some of our most experienced players are still relatively young, look at Kim Little and Jenny Beattie, who have 150 caps between them at just 23 and 22 years old."
 
Glasgow City captain Rachel Corsie is on the road back to full fitness after almost a year out with a knee injury. Signeul said: "It's a positive to have Rachel back in the squad going in to this campaign.
 
"We have been very unlucky with the number of players we have lost across the back line, with Emma Fernon, Rachael Small and Ifeoma Dieke all still carrying injuries.
 
"It has almost forced us to become more innovative and allowed other players to show how versatile they can be. For example, wing midfielders like Hayley Lauder and Emma Mitchell have both done very well as full backs and Frankie Brown has played as a full back and in central defence for both Scotland and Hibernian."
 
Scotland are facing the two bottom ranked sides in Group 4 in this opening double-header, but Signeul is wary of the dangers they may pose.
 
She said: "We will never be complacent; we're not going to Faroe Islands thinking that it will be an easy game. For one thing it's the first match of the campaign, and those can be nervy occasions. We know that we will need to work hard if we want to get a win.
 
"It will be the same against Bosnia. At the beginning of the last campaign we went to Israel and won 6-1 in the opening game, and then drew with Wales in our first home match. We were very disappointed to drop those early points at home and will be determined not to let that happen again.
 
"What I want to see in these first two games is 100% commitment in every situation, desire to be first to every ball, and players taking responsibility all over the pitch."
 
Scotland squad: 
 
 Gemma FAY   Celtic 
 Shannon LYNN   Hibernian  
 Jennifer BEATTIE   Montpellier HSC 
 Frankie BROWN   Hibernian 
 Rachel CORSIE   Glasgow City 
 Leanne CRICHTON   Glasgow City 
 Lisa EVANS   FFC Turbine Potsdam 
 Suzanne LAPPIN   Glasgow City 
 Hayley LAUDER   Mallbackens IF 
 Kim LITTLE   Arsenal 
 Suzanne MALONE   Glasgow City 
 Eilish McSORLEY   Glasgow City 
 Emma MITCHELL   Arsenal 
 Joelle MURRAY   Hibernian 
 Jane ROSS   Vittsjö GIK 
 Leanne ROSS   Glasgow City 
 Megan SNEDDON   Rangers 

 
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