The emerging talent coming through the ranks within the national game encourages Scotland goalkeeper Shannon Lynn.

Lynn played in the narrow defeat to France in Nancy last night, in which six of the players who represented Scotland Under-19 at last summer’s European Championships in Norway were part of the travelling party.

Speaking to the Scottish FA, Lynn said that this was a reflection on the hard work from Anna Signeul, Ann-Helen Grahm and those involved in the game domestically.

Lynn said: “You see by how good the players coming up are that the hard work from Anna, Ann-Helen and the clubs is really starting to pay off.”

“When the younger players join the squad, and you get the chance to have a closer look at them, you realise the level they are at. They don’t look out of place, and they’re strengthening what is already a really solid base.

"The team is better than ever right now, and the talent coming through is really exciting and positive for everyone involved in the Scottish game.”

Scotland went down 1-0 to France last night following a header from Paris Saint-Germain’s Marie-Laure Delie but it was a match in which the Vittsjö goalkeeper took a lot of positives from.

“The pace of the match was really fast, and we had to get our bearings right to adapt to that” she said.

“We went into the match with our game plan, and we played really well. From front to back we defended brilliantly, and there’s a lot of positives to be taken from it for us.”

The match was France’s final preparation match before flying off to Canada for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Lynn shares the same opinion as Anna Signeul that France are one of the teams to beat at this year’s finals.

She said: “I think, after seeing them through the years, it is safe to say France are very good, both individually and collectively. They’ve got talented players, and they have such high expectations because people realise how good they are.

"They have the potential to do well, but ultimately it is down to them.”

Lynn’s domestic season will be taking a break during the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will allow the goalkeeper to return to her country of birth and catch some matches.   

“My season break in Sweden is over the World Cup, so I’ll be travelling back home and going to a few matches with my Dad” Lynn said.

“We’ll be going to six games in three days (including the opening match and USA vs Sweden) so it should be an amazing experience.”