England icon Jill Scott announces her retirement from football

England's Jill Scott celebrates with her Euro 2022 winners' medal
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Jill Scott of England celebrates after the 2-1 win during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

England midfielder Jill Scott has announced her retirement from professional football just 24 hours after former teammate Ellen White.

The 35-year-old has been a mainstay of the Women’s Super League since its inception and she has become one of the most recognisable women’s footballers in the country.

Scott began her senior career at Sunderland before making the move to Everton in 2006. 

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During her successful spell with the Toffees, Scott was awarded the FA Tesco Players’ Player of the Year award, beating high profile names such as Karen Carney and Alex Scott to the prize.

In 2013, the midfielder made the move to Manchester City. During her time with the Sky Blues, Scott collected seven major honours, including three FA Cups and the WSL title, which the team won in 2016.

Scott has also shone on the international stage and recently marked her 160th England cap. Her success saw the midfielder awarded with an MBE in 2020 in recognition of her services to women’s football.

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Scott played a huge part in England’s history-making Euro 2022 campaign, which saw the Lionesses end the nation’s 56-year wait for a major trophy.

The legacy Scott will leave behind on the women’s game will be remembered for years to come. The ultimate professional and a role model to many. Thank you, Jill, enjoy your retirement. 

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