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Women's Football Scot's Lee Alexander fires shot at England ahead of World Cup opener

SCOTLAND goalkeeper Lee Alexander has warned England that they are a different side to the one that took the field two years ago at the European Championships.

The Lionesses romped to a 6-0 victory over Anna Signeul’s team at Euro 2017, a match that highlighted the gulf in class between the two teams.

Scotland open their World Cup account on Sunday and with Signeul having been replaced by Shelley Kerr, England are also under new management, Alexander has told Phil Neville this match won’t be a walk in the park for England.

“That’s in the past,” said Alexander, who has taken over from Scotland’s record cap holder Gemma Fay as Kerr’s first-choice keeper since the sides last met two years ago.

“We’ve changed in so many ways. The backroom staff is different, so are a lot of the players and our performances along the way too.

“That result happened, yeah. It was two years ago but we’re in a different place now.

“We can learn from experiences and that match was our first taste of tournament football at the senior level — but I don’t think we need to look back too much at that.

“We know what we’re capable of. We know England are going in as favourites and that we’re the underdogs, but that suits us.

“England won the She Believes Cup, they are an excellent side with many threats but we also have those same threats.

“I think we’ve had better performances [since that last meeting at the Euros]. We’ve been able to compete and perform against top teams.

“We beat Brazil but you can also look at how we performed against the US and Canada, teams that are ranked above us.

“We’ve shown that on our day, we can perform.”

Scotland capped their World Cup warm-up with a victory over Jamaica in-front of a record crowd of 18,555 at Hampden Park.

That match saw the side receive some feedback and good wishes from the country’s biggest names.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Judy Murray — mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie — and new Scotland men’s boss Steve Clarke all paid the team a visit in their dressing room after the match.

Clarke also took time out of preparing for his first match in charge against Cyprus on Saturday to wish the women’s side well before they begin their tournament in Nice this weekend.

But Alexander admits the words coming from the stellar trio failed to register as she was left contemplating how far her side had come.

The Glasgow City stopper said: “We want to do everything we can to make Scotland proud, so to have the men’s coach come in and offer us his support was great.

“Steve was also in our changing room after the match at Hampden against Jamaica to offer a few words of wisdom and we’re so thankful for that support.

“He told us we shouldn’t have conceded goals against Jamaica! It’s nice that he was honest with us.

“I’m trying to think what else he actually did say. We had Steve, Judy Murray and Nicola Sturgeon in, so it was really good to know that these people want to speak to us and give us words of wisdom and a send-off.

“You almost forget what they say as you’re so in awe that these people are actually interested in us and want us to do the best and make Scotland proud.

“But the message was mostly along the lines that we had done well to get here, now go enjoy it and perform.”


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