World Cup place would be ‘biggest prize’

World Cup would be ‘biggest prize’ – Kerr

Shelley Kerr says a place at next summer’s Women’s World Cup would be the “biggest prize” for her Scotland team.

Kerr’s side need a two-goal win over qualification group leaders Switzerland on 30 August in Paisley, followed by victory in Albania five days later, to reach France 2019.

Last year, Scotland reached their first major finals – the European Championship in the Netherlands.

“We’re going into the final two games in a good position,” Kerr said.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, she added: “We set ourselves an objective to try and take every point possible. Only one team qualifies automatically, but we’re still in with a chance of the play-offs if not.”

Should Scotland come up short in those final two matches, there are play-offs for the four best runners up from the seven groups to determine the eighth qualifier from Europe.

Durham striker Zoe Ness is the only addition to the squad that won 3-2 in Poland in June.

And while 16 of her 23-strong pool have not yet begun their domestic season in England and Italy, Kerr said it was tough narrowing numbers down for arguably their most important games to date.

“There’s players playing domestically in Scotland that have been on the radar and performing well, but that just shows how competitive the squad is,” she said.

“If you are a player or manager connected to the women’s game it doesn’t get any better.”

Kerr hopes for a record Scottish attendance at St Mirren Park, where they beat Poland in April, scoring three times in the final 10 minutes in front of 4,058 spectators.

She added: “We haven’t achieved anything so far. We’re where we should be ahead of two massive games and games we’re really looking forward to.”

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Lee Alexander (Glasgow City); Jenna Fife (Hibernian); Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo)

Defenders: Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City), Jenny Beattie (Manchester City), Frankie Brown (Bristol City), Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals), Sophie Howard (Reading), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal), Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Lizzie Arnot (Manchester United), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Arsenal), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool), Caroline Weir (Manchester City)

Forwards: Fiona Brown (FC Rosengard), Lana Clelland (Fiorentina), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea), Claire Emslie (Manchester City), Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Zoe Ness (Durham United), Jane Ross (West Ham United)

Zoe Ness scored for Scotland against Poland in April and is the only squad change for the final two qualifiers

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