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Siobhan hopes for dream birthday
 Women's Football News 10 Apr 2014
 
Siobhan Hunter is hoping for a dream birthday by helping to maintain Scotland's 100% record in the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign. 
 
The Hibernian defender, and former Scotland Under-19 captain, turns 20 on the day of the match against Bosnia, and has targeted a sixth consecutive qualifying win.
 
Siobhan, who won her first two senior caps in friendly matches in Iceland and Serbia last year, joined Eilish McSorley and Heather Richards in the squad after Rachel Corsie was ruled out through suspension, and the withdrawal of Emma Black and Emma Mitchell.
 
She told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "The call up was very unexpected. I was on my way to strength and conditioning training in Stirling when I got the phone call, and obviously I was delighted.
 
"I've had a lot of experience at youth level, but my best moment in a Scotland jersey so far was winning my first senior cap in the friendly against Iceland last year. That was an unexpected call up too, and it was great just being part of the squad, but I was lucky enough to get some game time. It was a very proud moment.
 
"The team have been going really well in the qualifiers and the focus is on getting a win tomorrow. This is obviously a much more important match than the friendlies that I have been involved in previously. I'm just happy to be here and to contribute in any way I can. It's a vital game for the players and everyone involved in the squad, so it's great to be a part of it.
 
"This is a strong group, and there are players due back from injury, so it is difficult to break in to the squad, never mind the starting eleven. It's great to get this kind of experience while I am still quite young, and hopefully if I keep working hard I will get more opportunities."
 
Siobhan was the captain of the Under-19 team that agonisingly missed out on qualification for last year's Euro Finals on goal difference, after elite round matches against Denmark, Ukraine and Austria in Livingston and Hamilton. That experience has whetted her appetite.
 
"Missing out so narrowly was difficult, but I took a lot from that campaign, and it does make you want to get that experience of playing at a final tournament," said Siobhan.
 
"We did so well, and I think we deserved to be at the finals. It feels the same with this squad. They have come close to qualifying a couple of times, and they have had some great results so far in these qualifiers.
 
"I've been following the campaign and watched the 2-0 win over Poland on Saturday on TV. The team have been doing really well and I think we have a good chance of progressing. It would be massive for everyone involved if Scotland got to the finals in Canada. That is still a year away and there is a long way to go in the qualifiers, but of course I would love to be part of it."

 
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