'˜We can beat Portugal', says Scotland coach Anna Signeul

Scotland Women head coach Anna Signeul is confident her team's unity will allow them to bounce back from their six-goal defeat by England as they continue their Euro 2017 campaign against Portugal.

Scotland women head coach Anna Signeul. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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The Scots suffered a further blow following their 6-0 loss in Utrecht when the prolific Jane Ross was ruled out of Sunday’s encounter.

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The loss of the Manchester City forward is the latest blow to hit Signeul’s preparations after Arsenal midfielder Kim Little, Hibernian striker Lizzie Arnot and Ross’s City team-mate, Jen Beattie, failed to make the squad because of injury.

But Signeul has vowed that the Scots will come out fighting in Rotterdam.

Quoted on the UEFA website, Signeul told a media conference: “We always knew England was going to be a very difficult opening match but we’ve kept a great atmosphere and cohesion in the team. I’m so proud we’re such a great team together.

“We have had so many injuries and to still be such a strong team is wonderful. We know we can go out and win the game.

“We have a good chance in every area to be able to do damage. We had seven corners against England - we are going to change the outcome of our set-pieces and be more efficient.”

Midfielder Jo Love vowed to make amends for their opening disappointment against a side Scotland have beaten three times in their previous six meetings.

The Glasgow City player said: “We’re going to try and right some wrongs from the first match and show we’re a really good team, and perform better than versus England. We’re a clinical team.

“It’s a shame Jane Ross isn’t here but we’re focused on putting in a performance and doing our country proud.

“Portugal always give us a difficult game. They’re very tactical and technical. We’ve done a lot of work on them.

“Our memories from this stadium aren’t great - we lost a play-off to Holland here, but we’re going to put that right.”