A familiar face returned to the Scotland national team roster this week as Hayley Lauder received her first call-up in three years.
Scottish midfielder Lauder last featured for her national team in March 2020, in a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland. This marked her 103rd international cap. Then, a pandemic shut down the football world. When matches resumed, Lauder would go more than three years without a national team call-up.
After 103 caps and nine international goals since her debut in 2010, the tally didn’t grow. This week’s news might change that.
The 33-year-old Glasgow City midfielder and captain earned a call-up for Scotland’s upcoming UEFA Women’s Nations League matches against Belgium and England. Lauder will replace injured AC Milan midfielder Christy Grimshaw for the matches on December 1st and December 5th.
This is Lauder’s first call-up under head coach Pedro Martínez Losa, who took charge of the Scottish team in 2021.
Before that, in 2019, Lauder featured in Scotland’s first-ever Women’s World Cup squad, earning her 100th cap during the tournament. Scotland drew 3-3 with Argentina and lost close 2-1 matches against both England and Japan.
While Lauder hasn’t featured in recent international matches, she’s been a consistent presence in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. On Sunday, she bagged a brace in Glasgow City’s 3-1 win over Dundee United.
Through 14 matches, Glasgow City sits in third in the SWPL table, seven points behind second-place Celtic and nine behind Rangers. Lauder joins Glasgow City teammates Lee Gibson and Lauren Davidson on this international window’s Scotland squad.
Glasgow City has won eight of the nine SWPL titles since 2014, when Lauder joined the club. She signed with the 16-time SWPL champions after stints in Sweden, Finland and Cyprus. Since, she’s scored 75 goals for Glasgow.
Lauder and Scotland will face Belgium on the road on Friday, then host England on Tuesday. At the bottom of the Women’s Nations League Group A, Scotland must win both matches to avoid relegation to the inaugural tournament’s League B tier.
The three tiers of competition — A, B, and C — seeded 51 teams by UEFA coefficient ranking. Tournament results determine 2024 Olympics qualification and leagues for Euro 2025 qualifying.