Jill Scott admits she was surprisingly a little speechless after picking up her 150th cap for England.
The Lionesses midfielder led out the team for their 6-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Tuesday, in what was England's first game in almost a year.
And for Scott, the performance on the pitch made it all the more memorable with England under the charge of new coach Hege Riise for the first time.
“I just want to play well with England and put in the hard work, and today was really enjoyable," admitted the former Sunderland and Arsenal player, who is currently back on loan with Everton from Manchester City.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by all the messages and I was just trying to concentrate on the game, but now I can finally relax.
“I’ll probably FaceTime my family after and everything I do is to make them proud, I don’t even think it’s sunk in yet to be honest."
“A massive thanks to Steph [Houghton] for the captaincy and she’s put in so much effort to make sure it’s a special day, so a big thank you to her as well.”
As a hat-trick from Ellen White and further goals from Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly and Toone secured the win, the game also saw four players make their senior debuts in Sandy MacIver, Ella Toone, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Ebony Salmon.
𝕃𝔼𝔸𝔻𝔼ℝ. 𝕄𝔼ℕ𝕋𝕆ℝ. 𝕃𝔼𝔾𝔼ℕ𝔻. pic.twitter.com/7aDt5b7jAN— Lionesses (@Lionesses) February 23, 2021
And as she reflects on her 14-year spell with England so far, Scott also took the time to pass on her congratulations to the younger generation who are coming through.
“I’m so happy for Ella [Toone] Lotte [Wubben-Moy] and Ebony [Salmon] who made their debuts today, so it’s been a good day all round," she added.