Women’s Nations League: Veteran Hayley Lauder earns recall as Scotland lose Christy Grimshaw

Glasgow City captain Hayley Lauder
Hayley Lauder has captained Glasgow City domestically and in the Champions League

Glasgow City midfielder Hayley Lauder has earned her first Scotland call-up in three years as a late replacement for the Women’s Nations League double header against Belgium and England.

It follows the withdrawal of AC Milan’s Christy Grimshaw, who was substituted near the end of Saturday’s 1-0 derby loss to Internazionale.

The 33-year-old Lauder, who has 103 caps, scored twice in reigning champions Glasgow City’s 3-1 win over Dundee United in the Scottish Women’s Premier League on Sunday.

However, she last played for Scotland in a 2-1 Pinatar Cup win over Northern Ireland in March 2020 and has never played under current head coach Pedro Martinez Losa.

The Spaniard is already without two key midfielders – Real Madrid’s Caroline Weir and Manchester United’s Emma Watson – through long-term injury.

His side face Belgium away from home on Friday before hosting England at Hampden Park four days later.

Scotland, bottom of Group A with one point, must win both matches to have a chance of avoiding relegation at the end of the inaugural competition.

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