Glasgow City midfielder Jo Love touched down in France yesterday afternoon as Scotland prepare to open their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign against England on Sunday.
This is Love’s second major tournament with the national side and she described the mood around her and her teammates: “(We are) relaxed coming into this camp.
“We'll try and enjoy the moment.
“This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of us.”
The 33-year-old also light-heartedly added:
“We're enjoying the time we don't have to spend in front of the camera! And also, out on the pitch.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s opening group game against England, Love explains that the full-time result will not tarnish their tournament France. She said:
“This game is not going to define the tournament we're going to have.”
A veteran in the Scottish women’s game, Love shared her side’s main outcomes which they seek to earn out of the game. “We've got a talented squad and we'll be looking to shut them out,” she added;
“If we got something out of them it would be a bonus because every point will help us on the way to get out the group.”
Scotland have recently enjoyed an impressive run of results heading into the tournament, picking up four wins in their last five games. But despite the side being ranked 20th in the world, 17 places lower than their opponents on Sunday, Love explains how her side are capable of getting a result. She said: “Everyone knows the capabilities of this squad - it depends how they perform on the day.
“We want to go into this game and get a result - whether that's a shock is up to other people to decide.
“We've played some high-ranked teams recently and beat Brazil. We know we're competing against the best teams in the world so we know it'll be down to how we perform on the day.”
But the Scots can use their underdog status to their own advantage as Love states:
“We don't have anything to lose but England might be feeling the pressure because they are the favourites - and probably the favourites to do well in the tournament.
“We're going to give it our all and see what result we get.”
Love continues to add that the underdog name is not one that fazes her or her teammates:
“We don't really mind what people think; we're here to have a good tournament and hopefully get out the group.”