UEFA European Qualifier

Slovenia v SCOTLAND

Tuesday 22 September, kick-off 3pm (UK time)

Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Scotland and Hibernian Ladies winger Lizzie Arnot says the squad can’t wait to get their UEFA European Qualifying campaign underway when they face Slovenia this Tuesday night.

The former Scotland U19s player made her senior international debut in Thursday’s defeat to Norway and is determined to push on and claim our place at Euro 2017.

Lizzie spoke to the Scottish FA about how she got into the game, her footballing idols and how it feels to represent her country:

How did you get into the game as a youngster?
When I was about 6 years old I started at school but I stopped for a bit and started again when I was 9. I went to Edinburgh City boys then went onto Hutchie Girls and that’s probably when I really started to kick-off. I moved from Hibs after that. I never really seen myself as someone to get picked at International level and when you do it makes you think ‘I’ve actually got a chance at this’.

Who is your footballing idol?
Lionel Messi

Who’s the best player you’ve played with?
Kim Little. She keeps the ball so well and is so relaxed. She does things that make you go ‘wow’. It’s nice to play with player of that caliber.

Who’s the best player you’ve played against?
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands & Bayern Munich)

Who is the hardest trainer?
Chloe Arthur. In training you realise the intensity she trains at and I feel that’s brought me on as a player.

What’s your biggest strength?
One-on-ones. As a wide player I always look to take people on. I would like to say that’s one of my strengths.

How would you describe your style of play?
When I was younger I played centre-mid but as I got older I got moved out to the wing and I feel that I’ve grown into that position more and more. I feel I’m quite creative and I can use both feet, which helps as well. I’m also quite direct.

How did it feel to make your international debut against Norway?
It felt like a big achievement because I’ve been in the squad a few times. It was nice to get my first appearance, it just brings out more confidence. It helps me want to push on even more.

What’s the feeling in the squad ahead of Tuesday’s game with Slovenia?
Really excited. It’s such a big opportunity to qualify for a major tournament. There’s more expectation but it just shows how much we’ve grown as a team.