Scot­land rel­ish­ing ev­ery mo­ment of their women’s Euro de­but

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Scot­land are rel­ish­ing ev­ery mo­ment of their women’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship de­but, brac­ing for a bat­tle of Bri­tain against Eng­land next week, coach Anna Signeul said yes­ter­day. “I am en­joy­ing ev­ery sec­ond of it, it is carpe diem, it is en­joy­ing the mo­ment, it is ev­ery sec­ond, ev­ery day, just fi­nally be­ing here and hav­ing that smile on your face,” said the 56-year-old Swede. “I’m also very proud of what we have achieved com­ing here, but I’m also very proud of where we have come as a na­tion, with the whole girls’ and women’s foot­ball.”

Scot­land, who qual­i­fied for their first ma­jor tour­na­ment in the Nether­lands af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ners-up to Ice­land, face arch-ri­vals Eng­land in their open­ing Group D match on Wed­nes­day.

“I think it’s great to have that game,” said Signeul, who is due to take over the Fin­nish na­tional team af­ter the tour­na­ment, hav­ing served 12 years at the Scot­tish helm. “It will be a very, very tough game for us but I think it’s good.” So far Scot­land have won just a sin­gle game against Eng­land, drawn twice and lost 21 times, in­clud­ing all six com­pet­i­tive en­coun­ters.

“I think Eng­land will fo­cus on win­ning ev­ery day, it doesn’t mat­ter what op­po­nents are stand­ing against them,” Signeul said of the Lionesses, who fin­ished third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. “They play with a lot of self con­fi­dence, they have suc­cess­ful play­ers in their team and they have been suc­cess­ful, so it’s a con­fi­dent team that we play against, we know that.” Sev­eral Scot­tish play­ers, in­clud­ing Manch­ester City striker Jane Ross and Ar­se­nal mid­fielder Lisa Evans, will come up against their team­mates from the FA Women’s Su­per League. “We have so many play­ers play­ing in Eng­land, it’s their best friends and their friends, so it’s a lit­tle bit spe­cial like that as well, but I think that we def­i­nite- ly are up for the chal­lenge,” said Signeul.

De­fender Frankie Brown, play­ing for Su­per League side Bris­tol City, said there might be “an el­e­ment of ad­van­tage” in the fact that the play­ers know each other well. “But I think that club foot­ball is put aside in th­ese sit­u­a­tions, the in­ter­na­tional scene is so dif­fer­ent,” said the 29-year-old. “I’d just say it’s an­other in­ter­na­tional game and we need to treat it ex­actly the same as any other game.” —AFP

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