Jill Scott targets more goals for England's Women

Tuesday 06 May 2014
Jill Scott, left, celebrates her goal against Montenegro
Jill Scott has earned 80 England caps and travelled to four tournaments, but the 27-year-old believes she still has more to offer on the international stage – starting with her goal tally.

The midfielder netted the fourth in the 9-0 win over Montenegro in Brighton last month, her 13th England goal in total, but it was her first for the Three Lions since the 2-2 draw with France in October 2012.

However, having moved from Everton to Manchester City during the off-season, Scott says she is already seeing the benefits of training eight times a week with The FA WSL newcomers.

England v Ukraine

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Group 6 Qualifier
7.30pm, Thursday 8 May
Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury Town FC
Call 01743 273 943 for tickets
Live on BBC Two


She explained: “I sat down during the break and looked at a few areas where I feel I need to improve and shooting and goalscoring are two of those.

“Now that I’m training full-time with Man City I’ve been doing a lot of work on my shooting and I do feel like it’s getting better.

“It was quite nice to get that goal against Montenegro because I have been doing so much more work in front of goal. A few months ago that shot would have gone over the bar if I’m honest – in the Cyprus Cup I missed a couple of chances which I was frustrated with because I should have put them away.

“Obviously getting the win is always more important, but it was great for me on a personal level to be back among the goals. Hopefully I can add a few more before this campaign ends.”

A win and a 14th international goal over Ukraine in Thursday's World Cup qualifier  would be sensible short-term targets for Scott, but she admits reaching the 100-cap landmark is in the back of her mind. Although she is 20 caps away, Scott admits she would be honoured to break through the triple figure mark.

She said: “At the last game someone actually came up to me and Eni Aluko and told us we were both on 80 caps. I don’t always check how many caps I’m on and I can’t believe how quickly that has come about.

“It’s crazy to think that I’ve managed to reach 80 caps but it’s something I’ll reflect on proudly when I’ve finished playing.

“To reach 100 caps would be a dream really. To look at the calibre of players that have reached 100 caps – Kelly (Smith], Fara [Williams], Casey [Stoney], Alex [Scott], [Rachel] Unitt – it would be amazing to join that list.

“But it’s a long way off yet and I’ve just got to be thinking about making sure I’m involved in the next squad.”

Tickets for the Ukraine qualifier are still on sale, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Visit the Shrewsbury Town website or call 01743 273 943 to purchase.

England squad

Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Sophie Bradley (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
Remi Allen* (Birmingham City), Anita Asante (Malmo), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Dunia Susi** (Notts County), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke*** (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (Arsenal)

* replaced Birmingham City's Karen Carney
** replaced Manchester City's Toni Duggan
*** replaced Notts County’s Ellen White

By Glenn Lavery