Scotland women’s national team are set to meet Hungary at the Hidegkuti Nandor Stadium in Budapest on Friday in their World Cup qualifier. The game marks Pedro Martinez Losa’s first game as head coach. The previous Arsenal and Bordeaux manager was announced as Shelley Kerr’s successor in July. After failing to qualify for next year’s European Championship, they’re hopeful to make it back-to-back World Cup attendances.
The national team are going into the match in good form with three wins out of five in their previous games.
The group winners will immediately qualify for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The runners-up will participate in play-off matches to establish the two remaining direct spots, as well as one place at a further inter-confederations play-off. Scotland’s group features Hungary, Ukraine, Spain, and the Faroe Islands.
After Scotland veteran Kim Little announced her retirement from international duty and Fiona Brown and Christie Murray became injured, Martinez Losa’s side faced troubles from the get-go.
Kansas City forward, Rachel Corsie, has been named as Scotland’s captain for the campaign.
Jane Ross has been recalled in the wake of her summer signing to Rangers and will be contending for a place in the starting line-up in conjunction with AC Milan’s Christy Grimshaw who will be striving to gain her first competitive cap.
Caroline Weir will join the squad after competing in the Olympics for Team GB and Lana Clelland will be seeking her first competitive appearance for Scotland since the World Cup campaign in 2019.
The full squad rota includes:
Lee Alexander (Glasgow City)
Eartha Cumings (Charlton Athletic)
Jenna Fife (Rangers)
Rachel McLauchlan (Rangers)
Nicola Docherty (Rangers)
Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)
Rachel Corsie (Kansas City) Captain
Brianna Westrup (Rangers)
Jenny Beattie (Arsenal)
Sophie Howard (Leicester City)
Chloe Arthur (Aston Villa)
Lisa Robertson (Birmingham City, on loan from Celtic)
Lisa Evans (West Ham United, on loan from Arsenal)
Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United)
Lucy Graham (Everton)
Sam Kerr (Rangers)
Caroline Weir (Manchester City)
Christy Grimshaw (AC Milan)
Lana Clelland (US Sassuolo Calcio Femminile)
Jane Ross (Rangers)
Martha Thomas (Manchester United)
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea)
Claire Emslie (Everton)