Scotland skipper hails 'exciting' World Cup qualifying draw after disappointment of Euro campaign

Captain Rachel Corsie welcomed an “exciting” draw for the World Cup qualifiers as Scotland look to bounce back from the failure to qualify for a third consecutive international tournament.

Scotland captain Rachel Corsie welcomed the draw. Picture: SNS

The national side, currently managerless after the departure of Shelley Kerr, will face off against Spain, Ukraine, Hungary and the Faroe Islands when the campaign gets underway this September.

It gives Scotland the chance to bounce back from the disappointment of failing to reach Euro 2022. After reaching the previous Euros and the 2019 World Cup, Kerr’s side were top seeds for the group but defeats home and away to Iceland and Portugal eliminated them from contention with two games remaining.

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Corsie insists the players are determined to make up for their previous setbacks and make a third major tournament in four attempts.

She said: “I think it’s an exciting draw. After the last campaign there was a lot of disappointment within the group so it’s great to know what’s ahead and who we have to face. The draw has definitely produced games we feel more than capable of getting positive results in, so we can put ourselves in a good position to reach the next World Cup.

“Spain are now considered one of the top teams in the world and they’ve improved a lot recently as they have talented young players who are becoming more experienced. I think that’s reflected in how well teams like Barcelona are doing in the Champions League.

“It’s certainly a tough team to be drawn against but it’s one to look forward to as we have top players who are playing at a high level and we need to show what we can do.

“Over the years we’ve seen the pot 3 and pot 4 teams really improve so there are no easy games in our group. We have to focus on ourselves though and we have a squad of players who are at their peak so now it’s time to show what we’re capable of again.

“For those of us who have had a taste of those major tournaments we absolutely want to get back there for the country as a whole.”

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