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Lionesses legend Jill Scott picks out ten England memories from her 150 caps

Wednesday 24 Feb 2021
Jill Scott won her 150th cap for England when the Lionesses beat Northern Ireland at St. George's Park

When Jill Scott played against Northern Ireland on Tuesday, she became the second England player to reach the mammoth milestone of 150 caps.

Since her debut more than 14 years ago, she's been an ever-present for the Lionesses and appeared in more World Cup games than any other England player, across four editions of the tournament.

The 33-year-old’s dominant midfield presence has seen her enjoy a sparkling club career too, first breaking through with Sunderland and Everton before embarking on a trophy trail with Manchester City.

And after helping England to World Cup bronze in 2015 and then reaching the World Cup semi-finals last year, Scott was made an MBE for her services to English football.

Ahead of her latest achievement we sat down with the record-breaker to find out which ten games from her current catalogue will live longest in the memory.

I could sit here and name so many people as my best teammate or colleague but what I think is really important is that when this is all over I will have gained so many friends along the way.
- Jill Scott

1. England 4-0 Netherlands - 31 August 2006 - World Cup Qualifier 

I’ll have to include my debut in the list of course because it was such a proud moment for me. I actually came on as a substitute for Kelly Smith, who had just scored a hat-trick, with ten minutes to go. I felt so out of my depth because I was basically playing alongside all of my heroes and then I missed a one-on-one which Kelly definitely would have scored.

2. England 0-0 Germany - 14 September 2007 -  World Cup Group Stages

I went to that tournament in China thinking I wasn’t even going to kick a ball and I ended up playing in every game. Hope Powell put me in the starting line-up against Germany and we needed a draw, which was a massive ask back then, which we got. And although it obviously wasn’t a victory it just felt so good to get that result in front of 35,000 people.

Jill in action for the Lionesses in 2009

3. England 2-1 (AET) Netherlands - 10 September 2009 - European Championship semi-final

I didn’t play that much in that tournament but I did come on in extra-time in the semi-finals to score the winner and get us into the final. I think it actually hit me on the nose but we will call it a ‘header’ because it is probably my favourite goal out of all of them.

4. New Zealand 1-2 England - 1 July 2011 -  - World Cup group stages 

We had just lost to Mexico and had Japan next so we knew that we needed a win against New Zealand to get out of the group.  We were 1-0 down and then I scored a header to level it and set another one up right at the end for Jess Clarke to win it for us.

5. England 1-1 France (lost 3-4 on penalties) - 9 July 2011 - World Cup quarter final

I don’t want to just include a long list of games that we won, and we actually had a great game against France in the quarter final but ended up losing on penalties. Everyone thought I had scored a 30-yarder in that game but actually I just panicked and sent a toe poke looping over the keeper’s head. We so nearly held on but they scored right at the end - it was such a good tournament though so I had to include this game.

6.  England 2-1 Canada - 27 June 2015 - World Cup quarter final

For me, this is really when the women’s game went up a notch and people really started to take notice. We were obviously playing against the home nation so we weren’t the most popular team at the time - especially because we knocked them out in front of 50,000 fans.

7. Germany 0-1 (AET) England - 4 July 2015 - World Cup third place play-off 

We got knocked out in the semi-final which was obviously tough to take but we showed so much resilience to win a bronze medal against Germany. We gave it our all and that medal means a lot to me - everyone was knackered and it took every ounce of our strength to get it so that was really special.

8. England 1-0 Australia - 27 October 2015 - Yongchuan Tournament 

Winning my 100th cap was a very memorable game for me because that is such an honour for an international player. It was of course nice that we also won the match but on a personal note I was very proud of that achievement.

Jill won her 100th cap in a game against Australia in China in 2015

9. England 1-0 France - 30 July 2017 - European Championship quarter final 

It was the first time we’d beaten France in 44 years and I’d played in so many games against them and never got a win. We defended for our lives in that game but it didn’t matter because I was just so happy to finally beat them

10. Norway 0-3 England - 27 June 2019 - World Cup quarter final

We absolutely hammered them to be honest and played so well - it just felt like everything came together for us. I scored our first goal really early in the match which was a really nice feeling. The rest of the tournament obviously didn’t pan out as I would’ve liked but that game will stick in my memory.

By Tom Dean