Writen by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Pedro Martínez Losa has signed a new contract as Scotland Women’s National Team head coach until 2027.
Pedro joined the team in July 2021 and will look to lead Scotland back into major tournaments with the 2025 UEFA Women’s EURO and 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.
The 47-year-old coach steered Scotland to a play-off final for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup only to lose out to the Republic of Ireland at Hampden in October last year.
Since that painful defeat, Scotland have played eight games, winning six and drawing once.
“I am really pleased to extend my stay as head coach of the Scotland Women’s National Team,” he said. “While we were all disappointed not to be at the World Cup, we now have a blend of experienced players approaching their peak and younger players who have gained invaluable international experience during the Pinatar Cup and the recent friendly match program.
“We look forward to a really tough but exciting Nations League campaign as a Group A nation and of course starting with tonight’s game against our oldest rivals. This tournament will be a good test for our squad and I am confident we will continue the progression we have made this year and ultimately achieve our objective of returning to major tournament finals.”
Scotland kick-off their involvement in the inaugural UEFA Women’s Nations League against the Auld Enemy, England, in Sunderland tonight and Pedro is keen to extend the recent six-game unbeaten run.
Keira Walsh (26) and Beth England (29), who helped England finish as runners-up at the recent Women’s World Cup, will miss the team’s next two Nations League games due to injury.
Coach Sarina Wiegman otherwise stuck with the bulk of her squad from the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand for their September 22nd match against Scotland at Sunderland and September 26th game against the Netherlands in Utrecht.
Defender Maya Le Tissier and midfielders Lucy Staniforth and Jess Park are included in the 24-player squad while Euro 2022 Golden Boot winner Beth Mead misses out.
Walsh has a minor calf injury, while Wiegman said England’s injury will need a longer recovery, and Mead “still has a while” in her comeback from a serious knee injury.
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