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World Cup trophy stops at Edinburgh Castle

World Cup trophy stops at Edinburgh Castle

The World Cup trophy has arrived in Edinburgh as part of its tour around the globe.

Members of the Scottish Women’s National Football Team met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Edinburgh Castle.

Ms Sturgeon, joined team manager Shelley Kerr, and players Lee Alexander and Joelle Murray to discuss their chances for the coming season.

They recently celebrated success with their world cup warm-up friendly win over Brazil.

This comes on the back of qualifying for the French finals, which ensures a Scottish female presence at the prized tournament for the first time.

Yesterday players from the team saw the world cup trophy at Edinburgh Castle.

Players posed with the trophy along with the first minister.

Ms Sturgeon said afterwards: “Delighted to join Shelley Kerr and the Scottish National Team at Edinburgh Castle for the FIFA trophy tour.

“It’s a beautiful trophy and Hampden would be a great home for it for a few years.”

Scottish football legend Julie Fleeting added:  “I can’t wait to see Scotland make their debut at the world cup this summer, I hope everyone gets behind them.”

The Scottish Women’s National Football Team will soon be heading to France, where they will open their Group D campaign against England on June 9, before 
facing Japan and Argentina.

Ahead of the game, Scotland’s will battle against the Jamaican team, in a game hosted at Hampden Park on May 28.

It will be the team’s second appearance at the national stadium – they played the opening leg of a Euro 2013 play-off against Spain there in October 2012.

Ms Kerr said: “The players deserve a fantastic send-off.

“I would urge everyone to come along on May 28 to watch the national team play the last game before the World Cup.

“They are playing at Hampden – a big arena – and they need to get used to that.

“It doesn’t get any better if you’re a player who has grown up wanting to represent your country, you want to go to the World Cup, and you get a chance to play at Hampden Park, the national 
stadium.

“That’s what dreams are made of. ”

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