Ashleigh Neville of Tottenham Women right fights for the ball against Claire Emslie of Everton Ladies Everton Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Walton Hall Park, Liverpool, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Everton forward Emslie returns to Scotland squad after overcoming injury

Everton forward Claire Emslie has returned to the Scotland squad with the player having been selected by interim head coach Stuart McLaren ahead of this month’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying matches against Cyprus and Portugal.

The 26-year-old Edinburgh-born attacker has missed more than two months of football, including Scotland’s recent fixtures against Portugal and Finland, through injury.

Emslie returned to action in Everton’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United nine days ago and with the player having regained her fitness, she has today been named in the 23-player Scotland squad as the nation look to complete their failed qualifying campaign for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

The Tartan Army have collected nine points from their six qualifying games but with just two games left to play, they cannot catch group leaders Finland or runners-up Portugal.

Emslie is one of 11 English-based players in the Scotland squad. Defenders Jen Beattie, Sophie Howard and Emma Mitchell have made the cut, as have midfielders Lucy Graham and Caroline Weir. In attack, Emslie is joined in the squad by Barclays FA Women’s Super League stars Erin Cuthbert, Lisa Evans, Kirsty Hanson, Jane Ross and Martha Thomas.

Scotland face Cyprus in Larnaca on Friday 19 February while they also take on Portugal in the same city four days later.

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