Glasgow City midfielder Joanne Love illustrated her pride for both club and country ahead of Scotland’s opening match against England at the 2017 Women’s Euros.
Speaking on the numerous Glasgow City FC call ups to the Scotland side, Love explained: “I’m proud of where I and the girls have come from and it’s great to have some familiar faces around the camp.”
“Glasgow City have always been dominant and we’ve always had a number of players in the national squad. The five call-ups just show the quality that comes out of Glasgow City.”
Love was crucial to the Scotland side that created history, reaching their first ever major tournament. The Paisley-born midfielder scored six goals from her eight appearances in the qualifying campaign; including a hat-trick in Scotland’s 10-0 thrashing of Macedonia.
“It’s unbelievable, all my football career this is what I’ve wanted to happen. It’s come around so quickly that it hit me on the head a little bit, just can’t wait to get started.”
Scotland open their campaign with a match against fierce rivals, England. They will also later face Spain and Portugal in Group D of their Women’s Euros debut.
Talking on the fixture, Love outlined: “It does add pressure that our opening match is against England. All eyes are going to be on our game, especially for the rivalry.
“We can’t let it get on top of us and we have to just take it as another game. We’ve played England in the past so it’s nothing completely new and nothing we can’t deal with.”
The Glasgow City midfielder is the most capped outfield player in the Scotland squad. Although Love does not wear the armband for her nation, the 31-year old explained that many of the younger players look up to her for advice or help.
“I’m always there if any players are wanting advice or want to talk anyway; it’s nothing to do with my caps, just to do with the fact I’m a bit older and have more experience.”
Love will be part of a Scotland side that begin their 2017 Women’s Euros campaign against England on Wednesday 19th July 2017, 7:45 GMT.