Football: Two tigers v three lions; GRANT TWINS OUT TO SINK ENGLANDAS SCOTS HEAD SOUTH FOR SHOWDOWN.
SCOTLAND winger Suzanne Grant is hoping for a dream double at Deepdale tomorrow twin sister Shelley gaining her first senior cap and victory over England.
The 19-year-olds are both youth community coaches at Ross County and play for the women's Premier League side.
And Suzanne, who has 13 senior caps, is desperate to see Under-19 right-back Shelley following in her footsteps.
Suzanne said: ``It would be brilliant if Shelley got her chance against England. We're all looking forward to it and the usual rivalry gives it an extra edge.
``It will be close. England play well as a team but so do we and we're really well prepared for this.
``It's great that it's being televised because it means all our family will be able to watch at home in Grantown-on-Spey.''
Shelleyechoedher sister's optimism. She said: ``I'm hoping we'll win it's certainly possible. As for my role, well it's just great to be involved atthis level. If I'm picked it will be fantastic but even if I'm not the actual experience of being part of the squad will still have been worthwhile. I'm just going to enjoy the occasion.''
Despite the twins' enthusiasm, Scotland's record against the Auld Enemy is not encouraging with just one victory five years after their first meeting in 1972.
And England are rated 13 in the world 17 places higher than the Scots.
As the squad travelled to Prestonyesterday, they were aware of the strength and depth Englandpossess particularly in the shape of star striker Kelly Smith, ex-Philadelphia Charge, and Fulham winger Rachel Yankey.
However, Vera Pauw believes the historical rivalries between the sides will help lower the odds of a host nation win just a little. And as the Scotland boss is always quick to point out, her spirited young side are afraid of no one.
Pauw said: ``If we're being realistic then we have to say that this is going to be very difficult, though it will still be a great experience for us to play them.
``However, it doesn't mean we don't have a chance. I've come to realise thatScotland-England fixtures are very much like our Holland-Germany games and though the presence of the TV cameras should provide some extra motivation, that's one thing my players don't have any shortage of.''
Captain Julie Fleeting agrees. The ex-San Diego Spirit striker, who now playsalongsidethe Granttwins at Ross County, said: ``People may think that, as a friendly, this is not as big a game as some we've had recently, such as the European qualifiers.
``But when we play England, it's always a big game. I've faced them a few times now and it would really be special if we could take something from this one.''
Fleeting is still smartinga little about another friendly against the Auld Enemy a 1-0 defeat for the Scots at Bolton's Reebok Stadium just over two years ago.
She said: ``It was a very similar situation and the game was also on TV.
``But we were all so disappointed by the result it was a very good performance and we deserved a draw.
``Hopefully we can build on that and maybe this time even go one better.''
Michelle Barr is also convinced that game should have gone the way of Scotland.
And the defender, who signed for Hibs from Doncaster Belles a fortnight ago, says her team-mates should be bolstered by that memory.
Barr said: ``We had so many chances and it was a bad goal for us to lose. But I think we can still take a lot of confidence from our overall performance.
``Englanddohaveagoodsquad I've played against them all but the ones we really have to watch out for are Kelly Smith and Katie Chapman.
``I saw Kelly play in England's 1-0 win over Australia last month and she was really sharp, while Katie keeps the midfield strong.
``If I can keep those two quiet then we should be in with a good chance. I know we've got the quality.''
Despite her experience of playing down south, Barr remains quietly confident about facing the favourites.
She added: ``I'm really looking forward to this one. But then, with England, you always do.''
DOUBLE TAKE: Suzanne, Shelley; JULIE'S DUEL: Scotland skipper; Julie Fleeting seen here shooting against Holland has a two-yearold score to settle against England at Deepdale tomorrow night
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2003|
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