Kim Little believes the current Scotland squad is the best she's played in.

The Arsenal midfielder scored the winning goal in Saturday's  2-1 win over Wales which took Scotland into the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 play-offs.

Little was also part of the squad that reached the play-offs four years ago, narrowly losing out to Russia on away goals, and she believes this squad is much improved.

She said: "It was a great achievement to reach the play-offs four years ago, but we're much fitter and more experienced than we were then, and there's a lot of new young talent in the squad.

"We're better as a squad and we've got a lot of belief that we can qualify for the Euro finals."

Scotland went into tonight's match requiring one point, while Wales needed a win to keep their own play-off hopes alive.

Little said: "We came into the game looking for three points. Wales made it hard for us and we knew they would.

"It was very similar to the recent match in Republic of Ireland. They also had to win to stay in the group and threw everything at us in the second half.

"We're just glad to get all three points and to know that we have the play-off place is a great feeling.

"We have a lot of experience now of being in this kind of position. We had to dig out two wins against Republic of Ireland, and we came back twice to get a draw in our first match against Wales.

"We know that we can fight back if we go behind. That experience will definitely help us in the play-offs, and if everything goes to plan, the Euro finals next summer."

Scotland went into this campaign without record goal-scorer Julie Fleeting, who is celebrating the birth of her second child, and Little believes they have more than answered any questions about their ability to perform without the talismanic striker.

"We would have Julie in our squad any day of the week. She can score a goal out of nothing.

"But I think we've done well as a team to come together after losing such a big player, and I think we've shown that in every game in this campaign.

"We've scored in every game, apart from the away match against France, and we've got players all over the park who can make a difference for us."

Next up is group leaders France at Tynecastle on Wednesday. Bruno Bini's side have qualified comfortably, winning every match in the group so far.

Little said: "We can definitely go into the France match feeling a bit more relaxed and just enjoy it. It's great to know that we have the play-off place in the bag as we prepare to play such a massive side.

"We'll be going out for the win on Wednesday as we always do, but it's good to know that the pressure is off."


Scotland v France

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Tynecastle Stadium, 5pm

(All final group matches must kick-off at the same time hence the early kick-off)