International Round Up

Four Blues players represented their countries during the recent international break.

Abbi Grant was called up to the Scotland squad for the Pinatar Cup and Harriet Scott made the Republic of Ireland squad for their European Championship qualifiers. 

Whilst Lucy Staniforth was called up to Phil Neville’s playing squad for the SheBelievesCup and 19-year-old Hannah Hampton was taken to the tournament as a training player. 

For Scotland and Grant, it turned out to be a very successful international break. Shelley Kerr’s side ran out victors in the Pinatar Cup, winning all three of their games against Ukraine, Iceland and Northern Ireland.

Forward Grant had a huge impact on the side, grabbing an assist in the opening game against Ukraine in a 3-0 win. 

She then went on to the score the winning goals in a 1-0 win against Iceland and a 2-1 win against Northern Ireland. 

Both of these goals marked Grant’s first for her country as Scotland cruised to victory. 

"I'm always so buzzing to be called up to the squad and this camp felt like a dream come true," said Grant. 

"After scoring two goals for my country with my first two starts, I couldn't have asked for much more." 

Elsewhere, Harriet Scott played a full 90 minutes in both over Ireland’s European Championship qualifying victories against Greece and Montenegro. 

Vera Pauw’s side kept clean sheets in both games, winning 1-0 and 3-0 to boost their hopes of reaching the Euros next summer. 

Staniforth made one appearance for England at the SheBelievesCup, replacing Georgia Stanway in the second half of their only victory against Japan. 

‘Keeper Hampton trained with the squad every day to support her development as she eventually looks to make her international debut. 

England finished third in the tournament, with USA and Spain finishing above them. 

Take a look at the gallery below to see our international players in action.