Arnot reckons she’s ready to step up for Scotland

Under-19s international Lizzie Arnot could make her debut for the full Scotland women's team at Tynecastle. Pic: SNS
Under-19s international Lizzie Arnot could make her debut for the full Scotland women's team at Tynecastle. Pic: SNS
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Lizzie Arnot insists that she is ready if called-upon to help Scotland take a massive step towards qualification for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

On the back of a sensational season at club level, the 18-year-old Hibs Ladies midfielder has received her first call-up into the national side and could make her debut against the Netherlands at Tynecastle 
tomorrow (kick-off 5.30pm).

The former Edinburgh City and Hutchison Vale playmaker was a surprise inclusion to Anna Signeul’s squad ahead of their World Cup play-off semi-final double-header against the Dutch.

She commented: “Just being part of the squad at such a big occasion for women’s football in this country is incredibly exciting, and if I were to make my debut it would be very special.

“I found out I was being selected at training last Thursday when my coach told me, and I was completely shocked.

“I couldn’t believe I was being selected because I had no inkling that I was even being considered and hadn’t spoken to Anna – but I was obviously very happy.

“Hopefully I will play some part in these games. I feel ready and believe I could add something to the team, particularly in one-v-one situations or taking people on in the wide areas.

“I’ve played against Holland with the U-19s at the European finals and they were very athletic, technically gifted and loved to pass the ball and keep possession – but they didn’t like to be put under pressure.

“We have a great change of qualification and are confident going into the game, but we cannot afford to get ahead of ourselves because Holland will be a real challenge.”

The return leg will take place in Rotterdam next Thursday, with the winning side over the two legs facing either Ukraine or Italy in the play-off final in November.

Admission at Tynecastle is £5 for adults and £2 for children.