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Dieke main Scotland absentee

Published: Tuesday 9 October 2012, 12.53CET
Injured defender Ifeoma Dieke is the most significant absentee from Anna Signeul's Scotland squad for their UEFA Women's EURO 2013 play-offs with Spain later this month.
Dieke main Scotland absentee
Ifeoma Dieke was injured at the Olympics ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Tuesday 9 October 2012, 12.53CET

Dieke main Scotland absentee

Injured defender Ifeoma Dieke is the most significant absentee from Anna Signeul's Scotland squad for their UEFA Women's EURO 2013 play-offs with Spain later this month.

Ifeoma Dieke is missing from Anna Signeul's Scotland squad for their UEFA Women's EURO 2013 play-offs with Spain.

Centre-back Dieke tore cruciate knee ligaments playing for Great Britain at the Olympics and remains sidelined, while all-time top scorer Julie Fleeting is on maternity leave. Scotland will play at Glasgow's Hampden Park for the first time on Saturday 20 October before the return five days later at Las Rozas near Madrid. Four years ago Scotland lost their first play-off on away goals to Russia.

Signeul said: "We've had a good level of success over the past few years, but now we have an opportunity to qualify for the finals of a major tournament for the first time.

"This is the first time that the women’s national team has played at Hampden Park, and I think it will be a great occasion. It's a fantastic opportunity to showcase the women's game at the national stadium.

"Spain are a very good side, they are technically gifted. We will need to be at the top of our game to defeat them, and with the backing of the Tartan Army, we will have every chance."

Scotland squad
Goalkeepers: Gemma Fay (Celtic LFC), Shannon Lynn (Hibernian LFC).

Defenders: Frankie Brown (Hibernian LFC), Rachel Corsie (Glasgow City LFC), Emma Fernon (Glasgow City LFC), Rhonda Jones (Celtic LFC), Eilish McSorley (Glasgow City LFC), Emma Mitchell (Glasgow City LFC), Rachael Small (Forfar Farmington LFC).

Midfielders: Hayley Lauder (Åland United), Kim Little (Arsenal LFC), Joanne Love (Glasgow City LFC), Leanne Ross (Glasgow City LFC), Megan Sneddon (Celtic LFC).

Forwards: Jennifer Beattie (Arsenal LFC), Lisa Evans (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Suzanne Grant (Celtic LFC), Christie Murray (Glasgow City LFC), Jane Ross (Glasgow City LFC).

Last updated: 09/10/12 17.19CET

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