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Sarah Ewens: 'I'm really grateful and excited to be in the Scotland squad'

Sarah Ewens always follows the same matchday routine.

Whenever London City Lionesses visit motorway services enroute to away games, the 30-year-old can often be found in the queue for a coffee – which makes the story of her national team selection all the more poetic.

Sarah Ewens, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)
Sarah Ewens, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)

“I was in Starbucks when I saw their email,” explained the 30-year-old, “I was about to order and my voice went a bit shaky. I was shocked and buzzing on adrenaline. I’m really excited and grateful to get the opportunity to be part of the Scotland squad.”

Ewens has been selected to represent her country on the international stage for the first time in her senior career, with friendlies versus Costa Rica and Australia on the horizon.

The Edinburgh-born forward has starred in the Barclays Women’s Championship this term, clocking ten goals in the race for the golden boot.

“I think I’ve been playing well this season, which is a credit to the team because they’ve helped me play at the top of my game and that comes down to their contributions,” said Ewens. “I’m really enjoying my football here and that’s because the group of girls we have are so encouraging.”

Ewens has also received plenty of encouragement from the touchline, with interim head coach Nikita Runnacles thrilled to see the forward’s hard work rewarded by her national team.

“We’re absolutely delighted for her here,” said Runnacles. “It hasn’t been an easy road for her but she really deserves this opportunity to showcase her talent on the international stage. Sarah is creative, works really hard, and has helped kick us forward since joining the Club in the summer. It’s a great opportunity for her.”

Ewens’ last appearance for Scotland came in May 2010, when she found the back of the net in a 3-3 draw with Italy at the Under-19s Euros. After 13 years away, she is determined to make the most of her opportunity at the senior level.

“I haven’t been involved since the Under-19s but it’s always been something I’ve aimed for and is up there in terms of my highest ambitions. It’s an honour to be called up for my country, it’s something I’ve really been stiving for and I’m just grateful to have the chance.”

“I’ll have my partner and my family at the match at Hampden Park – I think it’ll be really special. Hopefully I will be involved, but it’s still going to be a great occasion if not.

"My mum has told absolutely everyone she knows, so they’re definitely as excited – if not more so – than me. It’s going to be a big moment for myself and my family.”

Sarah, congratulations on being called up to the Scotland Women's National Team! We can't way to see you suit up for your national team!

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