Jill Scott: A journey to 150 caps for the Lionesses

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On February 23, Jill Scott secured her place in the record books. The midfielder celebrated her 150th England appearance during Tuesday’s convincing win over Northern Ireland. Only England great Fara Williams shares the milestone appearance.

Scott began her senior England career on the August 21, 2006 during the Lionesses’ victory over the Netherlands. Since then Scott has represented her country at several major tournaments including the last three EUROs.

During her 13 year senior career with the national side, Scott has bagged 19 goals, frequently stepping up when her country needed her the most. 

The midfielder made her first appearance at a World Cup during England’s opening match against Japan in 2007. She scored her first international goal in the resounding 6-1 victory over Argentina during the same tournament.

Scott made history in 2009 when she was one of the first female players to be offered a central contract by the FA.

Attacking force

The No.8 has proven herself to be an attacking force. Scoring several more key goals including in a late winner in the 2009 EUROs semi-final against the Netherlands. Scott reached the century mark against Australia in 2015, having already scored 14 goals for her country.

Scott has quickly become a key role model around the England camp for the younger players. Her work in coaching both at her parent club Manchester City and in her local community has made Scott one of the most recognised and respected players in the England setup.

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Scott had a long wait to reach her 150th cap. The disruption to international football meant the midfielder had waited almost a year before the day finally came. On February 23 however, the wait was finally over. Scott was given the armband by her longtime Man City team mate Steph Houghton in honour of the milestone.

History maker

The 33-year-old led her country to a resounding 6-0 victory against Northern Ireland at a blustery St George’s Park this week. Scott was treated to a guard of honour by her fellow Lionesses before being presented with a commemorative plaque by Baroness Sue Campbell.

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For club and country Scott has marked her place in the history books as one of the unstoppable forces of women’s football. Her place amongst the greats of the game is more than deserved with her relentless work and passion for her sport.

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