Carli Lloyd, Christine Sinclair and Homare Sawa are among some of the remarkable few to reach a staggering 200 international appearances – and Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay could add her name to that list of double century cap-makers this year. Since Fay made her senior debut in 1998 at the tender age of 16, Scotland’s most capped player and current captain has amassed 196 appearances for her country. The Tartan Army are set to feature at their first UEFA Women’s EURO this year.
“The proudest thing for me is watching a lot of these popular game for Cheap Fifa Coins current players develop over the years from young talents and seeing them fulfil part of their potential, as well as seeing the national team getting the recognition for, what I think, is only fair in terms of the development that we’ve made,” said Fay, reflecting on her international career with MMO4PAL.com.
“But I’m not really thinking about reaching 200 caps, I’m only thinking about trying to get myself ready for number 197. The competition in the Scotland squad is fierce. Whether you have one cap or 196, it doesn’t guarantee you anything. My focus is only on the next game and making sure my name is on that team sheet going forward.”
Focused, passionate and driven; it’s no wonder Fay finds herself on the verge of a double century of caps. It all started for the current Glasgow City shot-stopper in 1998 when, still at high school, Fay made her first senior international appearance against Czech Republic in a 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup? qualifier.
“On the Sunday I was making my debut for the Scotland national team and then on the Monday, I was back in double maths!” the Perth-born shot-stopper laughed, reminiscing about that day. “I can remember my family being in the stands and being extremely proud to hear that national anthem. Looking back, it was fantastic and if I knew then the opportunity that it would have given me for the future and for my entire life, I would have been amazed.”
Now 35 and with a plethora of experience, Fay has witnessed significant changes in the women’s game after 19 years between the sticks at international level – both at home and abroad.
“If you told me 20 years ago we would have full-time, professional female footballers, I think myself and a lot of others would have probably laughed in your face, but now it’s a reality. You can make a career out of Buy Fifa 17 Points it now which is the way it should be, and women are being taken seriously not just as footballers, but as sportspeople.
“In Scotland, there’s been a change of mentality about what women’s football is: from being an amateur sport to now being seen as professional where all the clubs in the top league train and play as professional teams. It’s taken 20 years for it to happen and don’t get me wrong there’s still a long way to go, but the attitude and the general culture of the women’s game has changed significantly.”