News – UK – Record 150 Cap evokes Scott’s status as an English icon | Torcom


When Jill Scott made her debut in England 15 years ago, reaching 150 caps was nowhere near her thinking

Instead, the skinny 19-year-old set out to become an icon of the lioness by worrying she might balance her balance late in a 4-0 win over Netherlands

“I had Hope Powell [as manager] for my debut who, looking back, was so good at developing as a player, but she was always a bit strict and daunting,” said Scott thoughtfully this week her international career as she reached her 150 Prepared to perform against Northern Ireland on Tuesday

After Fara Williams, who played 172 games for her country, she will be only the second English player to reach the milestone

“I remember trying to replace the greatest footballer who ever played in Kelly Smith

“Hope turned to me and said, ‘Do you have your rivets on? ‘I think’ I have sculpted boots on ‘so I kind of ignored that question.She joked,’ If you slip on this court, you will probably never play for England again”

“So I got really nervous, like walking around the field!” Scott laughs. “But she was so good at making sure our standards were always high”

It’s fitting that Scott’s international career began with such a carefree moment, as the midfielder has built a reputation as a wild card for the English team over the past 15 years – but she was also a fixture on the team, too

While players and managers have come and gone, Scott’s athleticism has been a constant in the middle of the park at seven major tournaments Her talent for showing up with crucial goals was another consequence

The milestone on Tuesday will come after the strangest year of her career. She should hit the mark against Germany in October, five years after becoming a centurion

A positive Covid-19 test among England staff in the back room canceled that game, while a game against Norway in December was also canceled

“I probably felt a bit concerned about it because the opportunity came up and you’re excited and then it was taken away and then it comes,” said Scott

“I said last time, good things come to those who wait. If you want to achieve something that only two people in England have ever achieved, it won’t be easy”

Due to the delays and failed narratives, there will be a different feel-good story on Tuesday as Scott will mark the occasion with a fight against an old friend

The 34-year-old has met Northern Ireland and Liverpool midfielder Rachel Furness since childhood Both grew up in the north east of England

“I remember when we were 10, 11, 12 years old and we went up against Boldon against Chester-le-Street,” Scott recalled,

“She was always such a tough competitor in the middle of the pitch I knew I was going to be kicked and I learned pretty quickly that I also had to defend myself

Given the status she has achieved in the game and the honors she has earned at the club level, it’s not okay that Scott doesn’t have a winning medal for her country

She has reached numerous semi-finals, represented Great Britain at the home Olympics and even won a runner-up at the European Championships in 2009

But that doesn’t mean that the chance is gone. After several near misses, the English team is really hungry for a trophy At the Olympics this summer, this is another chance for Team GB

Scott’s commitment to that future seemed dubious this season as their playing time at Manchester City plummeted this season, and a loan move to Everton has revived their credentials

“My priority has always been to play for England,” she said. “Playing for England is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life

How many more international matches could she win then? The Covid-19 pandemic has put a few out of Scott’s reach, but the 34-year-old is excruciatingly close to Williams’ record

And while she may enter the twilight of a footballer’s career, the midfielder’s drive and energy remains that of the teen who tried so desperately not to slip 15 years ago

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