No Slacking: Julie Nelson insists NI still use the hard yards. Photo credit: William Cherry / Presseye
Good test: Kenny Shiels hopes his girls can hold out against the Scots. Photo credit: William Cherry / Presseye
Northern Ireland tonight has a look at what to expect in next summer’s 2022 Women’s European Championship finals and veteran defender Julie Nelson can’t wait .
As the best player in the country, Nelson has played against many of the strongest countries in Europe, with the clashes against France, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands particularly memorable.
A year after her first time Have participated in a major tournament, the Kenny Shiels girls will know what their opponents will be like when they come to England after the game against Scotland at Seaview.
The Scots made history themselves when they won the 2017 qualified for the last European Championship and played on the world stage at the World Cup in France just two years ago.
After the historic play-off victory over Ukraine in the A pril and six straight wins, Northern Ireland will go into the game with the belief that they can overturn their 2-1 loss to Scotland in Spain last March, a task they face against a team that this time missed the European Championship .
“It’s a good opportunity for us to get back together and play against a great team in Scotland,” said Nelson, who will win number 117 tonight.
“People might think that we because we qualified, we ride the crest of a wave and it will be an easy game, but we have no illusions about the quality of players that Scotland has with players like Kim Little, Caroline Weir. Players going to the Olympics. “
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The fact that Sophie Ingle of the two Scots and Wales are the only non-English players traveling to Tokyo for the Olympics has sparked some controversy, with Northern Ireland historians being completely overlooked.
Instead looking at the players who will play next summer’s tournament, coach Hege Riise justified her selection by working with players who already have tournament experience – although Wales never qualified and Northern Ireland preferred them to the play-offs.
As Shiels pointed out, only one of the top 16 ranked teams in Europe missed out on qualifying for the European Championship – Scotland, and Northern Ireland will be there instead.
• BBC Sport NI has announced that the game will be live tonight transferred to. It will be available from 7pm on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport NI websites.
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