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.
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