This article is part of the Guardian’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 7 June. Overview Scotland’s second consecutive qualification for a major tournament is no accident – the team is awash with top talent. Having qualified for Euro 2017 by finishing second in their group with seven wins and one defeat, they were hit by an injury crisis that stymied their campaign in the Netherlands. The Arsenal midfielder Kim Little and Manchester United’s Lizzie Arnot (then at Hibernian) suffered ruptured ACLs and Arsenal’s Emma Mitchell and Manchester City’s Jen Beattie also missed out. A brutal 6-0 defeat by England in their opening group game followed, with the forward Jane Ross damaging a shoulder to further deplete the ranks. A 2-1 loss to Portugal then a 1-0 win against Spain almost saw them scrape through to the quarter-finals as they finished level on points with both, but Spain progressed with a superior head-to-head record. Following the disappointing display, the head coach Anna Signeul made… Read full this story
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