Scotland women’s captain Rachel Corsie is thrilled with their World Cup draw and believes they can reach the knockout stages.
The Dark Blues will play at a World Cup for the first time next summer in France and they have been handed a tough group.
Drawn in Group D Shelley Kerr’s side take on England, Japan and Argentina.
The opening match is against the Auld Enemy in the Allianz Riviera in Nice on June 9, then the Scots take on Japan on June 14 at Rennes’ Roazhon Park.
The final group game is against Argentina in the famous Parc des Princes in Paris on June 19.
All the sides which finish first and second in the six groups qualify for the last-16 where they are joined by the four best third-placed teams.
Aberdeen-born Corsie, who is currently with Australian team Canberra United on-loan from Utah Royals in the USA, is excited by the draw.
The 29-year-old skipper said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the group we’ve got and it’s a great opportunity for us.
“We’re playing countries in Japan and Argentina who most of us haven’t played before and on a stage like the World Cup that’s what you want.
“You want to challenge yourself and England is a great game to start with that we all look forward to. I think we can get out of the group. All of the groups are tough and are pretty evenly split. There will be a lot of good games and it’s possible to go through in third.
“So we need to make sure we set our stall out and get a game plan that works for the players we have.
“We’ll feel we can get something out of every game and it’s definitely our ambition to get to the next stage.”
The Scots faced England in their opening match of last year’s European Championships and lost 6-0, but Corsie insists things are different now.
The former Aberdeen, Glasgow City, Notts County and Seattle Reign centre-back added: “We’ve changed a lot since then. If you look personnel we are very different and we have a different style of play.
“You can look at the development we’ve had since then and at the time I didn’t think that score was a true reflection on us.
“I don’t think it would necessarily be redemption (to beat England). The game at the Euros was something we were disappointed to be a part of.
“But this is a new challenge and a totally different beast and we will be ready and prepared and we’ll give it our best shot.”
Corsie also hopes the nation can get right behind Scotland’s women on their World Cup bow.
She said: “I hope we can get the country behind the team and I think over the last 12 months we have started to feel the support of everyone.
“I can speak on behalf of the players and say that the support we get really drives us forward.
“I remember how it was at the Euros, the following was great and we hope that can continue.
“I already know there are so many people who want to travel over to France and be there which will add to the occasion.”