Featured Photo: Tommy Hughes
Scotland’s Head Coach Anna Signeul has named her squad for the 2017 Cyprus Cup. The tournament has become an integral part of Scotland’s international calendar with last year’s controversial absence the only time they’ve not taken part in the past decade.
Scotland’s captain Gemma Fay misses out, as expected, as she recovers from the injury she picked up in the recent friendly against Denmark. This means that her Glasgow City team-mate Lee Alexander receives a call-up, and is in line to make her international debut.
Hibernian’s captain Joelle Murray returns to the Scotland squad after missing the Denmark games through injury.
This means that Scotland bring four centre-backs to Cyprus, but Signeul has only selected two full backs – Frankie Brown and Emma Mitchell. This probably means that Hayley Lauder and Leanne Ross, who can both play as wingers, will get some game time as full-backs.
Erin Cuthbert will look to continue her highly impressive start to her international career to try and continue to impress Signeul in the 4-4-1-1 formation.
Up front, Jane Ross could reach two impressive landmarks in Cyprus. She is currently sitting on 98 caps, and therefore only needs to make two appearances to bring up a century of caps. And, the Manchester City striker is also on 47 goals.
To date, Scotland’s best finish has been fourth – which they achieved in 2011 and 2014, with Scotland famously beating England in 2011.
Goalkeepers: Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK) 19 caps
Defenders: Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City), Frankie Brown (Bristol City), Rachel Corsie (Seattle Reign), Ifeoma Dieke (Vittsjo GIK), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal), Joelle Murray (Hibernian)
Midfielders: Leanne Crichton (Notts County), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea), Lisa Evans (Bayern München), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Arsenal), Joanne Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Leanne Ross (Glasgow City), Caroline Weir (Liverpool)
Forwards: Lizzie Arnot (Hibernian), Fiona Brown (Eskilstuna United), Lana Clelland (UPC Tavagnacco),
Jane Ross (Manchester City)
Cyprus Cup 2017 fixture schedule
Scotland v New Zealand, Group B
Wednesday 1 March 2017, kick-off 2.30pm (12.30pm UK time)
Scotland v Korea Republic, Group B
Friday 3 March 2017, kick-off 5.30pm (3.30pm UK time)
Scotland v Austria, Group B
Monday 6 March 2017, kick-off 5.30pm (3.30pm UK time)
Wednesday 8 March 2017, kick-off TBC