Jill Scott believes England have the perfect blend of youth and experience
England v Japan
A Women's International
1.45pm, Wednesday 26 June 2013
Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion FC
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As England get ready to take on World Champions Japan this week, spirits couldn’t be better throughout the squad ahead of the UEFA European Women's Championship, according to Jill Scott.
The midfielder believes National Coach Hope Powell has got the right blend of players in her line-up for the Finals.
Scott said: “It’s always good to have a good mix of young and more experienced players. The younger players bring that ‘no fear’ attitude.
“They’re raring to go and bring a lot of energy, maybe that us older players don’t have.”
With 65 caps to her name, the Everton star is one of the more experienced members of the squad, but the feeling of playing for her country still fills her with pride.
On her Euro selection, Scott added: “It’s a fantastic honour to be chosen. I just feel a lot of excitement around this squad at the moment.
“I think the girls just want to get out there, start playing football and start winning some games.”
Against the Japanese at Burton Albion on Wednesday, the Lionesses will be roared on by 4,000 supporters.
Facing such tough opposition in the build-up to the Euros, which will start for England on Friday12 July against Spain, will provide the perfect preparation believes Scott.
She said: “We want to play to our best all the time, but especially just before a major tournament because obviously that’s the best preparation, so it’s good that we’ve got these friendlies arranged.
“We played Japan in the World Cup in 2011 and I think the best way to describe them is the 'Barcelona' of the women’s game. They knock the ball around very well and they’ve got lots of very quick players.”
As with any tournament, several nations are in with a shout of glory, but Scott is quietly confident herself.
She added: “We’ve been winning a lot of games – we’ve had the Cyprus Cup in February where we had some really tough matches, such as Canada in the Final.
“They’re one of the best teams around and we beat them 1-0. We played them again in a friendly recently and won again – so I think it’s showing that the squad do really want to win matches and we’re starting to show that now.
"That can only be good going into these European Championship.”