Iceland women 1-2 Scotland women: Anna Signeul eyes improvement after win

Anna Signeul watches over a Scotland training session
Signeul has guided Scotland to their first appearance in a major tournament

Anna Signeul says Scotland must strive to be at an even higher level once Euro 2017 comes round next summer, following Tuesday's 2-1 win over Iceland.

The Scots had already qualified but showed their appetite for success had not dissipated with an impressive showing against the group winners.

But Signeul hopes it simply marks another step on an upward trajectory.

"We're not happy with this. We want to improve and be even better," the Swede told BBC Scotland.

"But this is a really good start on our journey towards Rotterdam.

"Hopefully we'll have a game against very good opposition in October and every game now will be important for us to improve, to get high intensity, fast decisions and to play really physically."

But the victory did go some way towards making up for the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Iceland in June - Scotland's only defeat of the campaign.

"We were so disappointed after that because we thought we could win that game. We have rectified it now," added Signeul.

"I'm so proud of them and most of all they're proud of themselves. They really stepped up to the plate and showed what they are about. Everyone took huge responsibility and it was a great team effort."

Jane Ross in action for Scotland Women in their first meeting with Iceland
Jane Ross was Scotland's top scorer in Euro qualifying with 10 in the campaign

Jane Ross scored both of Scotland's goals and she too believes the team can get better before Euro 2017 kicks off in the Netherlands next July, with the draw taking place on 8 November.

"Our preparations for the tournament have already started so to come here and put in the performance we did, we can only take confidence from that and hopefully build on that," she told BBC Scotland.

"Every game's going to be challenging when you go to a tournament but as we showed today we're capable of putting in good performances, both defensively and attacking-wise.

"Anna's brought the team forward in leaps and bounds. We have a very good, strong squad at the moment, not just a strong starting XI, and we've got competition for places all over the park and there's obviously improvements to be made.

"We want to go there to show Europe and the world we're able to compete with these teams, so we want to get out the group once we get there."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 20th September 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland Women87013423221
2Scotland Women87013072321
3Slovenia Women8305211929
4Belarus Women83051020-109
5Macedonia Women8008451-470

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain Women88003923724
2Finland Women84131712513
3Portugal Women84131511413
4R. of Ireland Wom8305171439
5Montenegro Women8008251-490

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women88002702724
2Romania Women8512178916
3Ukraine Women84131412213
4Greece Women8206919-106
5Albania Women8008331-280

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women87012231921
2Denmark Women86112212119
3Poland Women83141016-610
4Slovakia Women83051113-29
5Moldova Women8008133-320

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women88003503524
2Russia Women8422149514
3Hungary Women8224820-128
4Croatia Women8215815-77
5Turkey Women8116324-214

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland Women88003433124
2Italy Women86022681818
3Czech Rep Wom73041217-59
4N Ireland Wom7205921-126
5Georgia Women8008234-320

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women87103213122
2Belgium Women85212752217
3Serbia Women83141021-1110
4Bos-Herze Wom8305817-99
5Estonia Women8008033-330

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway Women87102922722
2Austria Women85211841417
3Wales Women83231311211
4Kazakhstan Women8116230-284
5Israel Women8026217-152
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