Friday, 14 June 2013
The Scotland Women National Team conclude their preparations ahead of their F.I.F.A. World Cup qualifying campaign with a friendly against seven-times and current European champions, Germany, tomorrow afternoon in Essen.
For Scotland it is one last chance for the girls to test themselves against glamour opposition before the serious action gets underway against Faroe Islands in September.
Earlier this month an under-strength Scottish side defeated Iceland 3-2 in Reykjavik, inflicting only a second home defeat since 2006 on their hosts.
It was a game that saw Anna Signeul hand debuts to a number of rising stars including Hibernian midfielder Caroline Weir.
The Hibs midfielder has been in terrific form this season for club and country and scored three goals in two games when Scotland hosted the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship elite qualifying round earlier this year.
Now, Weir, who turns 18 next week, is targeting game time against Europe's top-ranked side at Stadion Essen to mark a memorable week for the youngster.
Caroline commented: "I still have a year left at under-19 level so I never thought I would receive a call-up into the senior squad at this stage of my career.
"When I was called-up for the Iceland game a few weeks ago it came at the last minute because of call-offs, so I never expected to retain my place in the squad.
"Naturally, I am delighted to be picked, it such an honour and a privilege, and it would be fantastic to play some part in such an occasion.
"I thought I did well against Iceland and it was very exciting, although I was pretty nervous to be playing at that level.
"Germany are a top side and playing before a large crowd makes everything more exciting so it will be a very interesting game for us."
Weir has been a key figure for Hibs this term; orchestrating play in the middle of the park whilst adding more than her fair share of goals.
She has worked hard to develop her finishing and the extra effort on the training field appears to have paid off with 11 goals in 12 appearances so far this term for the team in green.
Caroline commented: "Adding goals to my game is something that I've worked as it is an area I need to improve.
"I always like to get forward and play in the final third; either scoring or providing assists for others, however, whilst it's always nice to get on the scoresheet, the result is the most important statistic."
Scotland are once again missing a host of regulars with Suzanne Grant, Rachael Small, Rhonda Jones, Rachel Corsie, Ifeoma Dieke and Emma Fernon all out, however the dynamic presence of Kim Little returns after missing the Iceland trip.
Scotland squad (alphabetical order):
Jennifer Beattie (Arsenal)
Frankie Brown (Hibernian)
Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City)
Lisa Evans (FFC Turbine Potsdam 71)
Gemma Fay (Celtic) (GK) (Cpt)
Hayley Lauder (Mallbackens IF)
Kim Little (Arsenal)
Joanne Love (Glasgow City)
Shannon Lynn (Chelsea) (GK)
Suzanne Malone (Glasgow City)
Eilish McSorley (Glasgow City)
Emma Mitchell (SGS Essen)
Joelle Murray (Hibernian)
Jane Ross (Vittsjö GIK)
Leanne Ross (Glasgow City)
Megan Sneddon (Rangers)
Emily Thomson (Celtic)
Caroline Weir (Hibernian)