England midfielder Jill Scott has announced her retirement from football, the second member of the Euro 2022 winning squad to do so in two days.
Scott, 35,’s decision comes after Ellen White, the team’s leading scorer, said on Monday she was retiring. Scott and White both appeared in the final of the Women’s European Championship on July 31, when England beat Germany 2-1 after extra time.
Scott made his England debut in 2006 and had a total of 161 international appearances – just behind Fara Williams with 172 – and scored 27 goals for the national team.
She had been without a club after leaving Manchester City at the end of last season.
“I may be saying goodbye to football, but we’re going to make it a party. No sad faces!! We had too much fun to have tears,” Scott wrote on The Players’ Tribune. “Maybe it’s because I come from Sunderland, but two things have always been true about me: I’ve always been stubborn and I’ve always loved football.
“It’s been in my blood since I was five. I saw a bunch of boys playing in the school yard and walked right up to them and said the four magic words. . Can I play too?”. Imagine if you had told me then that I would continue to play for England for 16 years? “If you had told me that I would live to see 90,000 people packed into Wembley Stadium for a European women’s final? And that I would play in it? Impossible.” Scott started her career with her hometown of Sunderland before spending seven years at Everton and then joining City in 2013. She was then loaned out to Everton and Aston Villa. She won all national honors during her time in the game, including the Women’s Championship. Super League title with City in 2017.
Other highlights of Scott’s career include England’s winner against the Netherlands in the Euro 2009 semi-final and also City’s 2017 Women’s FA Cup final win over Birmingham. She also represented Britain at the 2012 and delayed 2020 Olympics.
She made four substitute appearances in England’s Euro 2022 campaign, including the final against Germany.
Prince William praised Scott on his career but joked he wouldn’t miss his “slipped tackles”. William, who is President of the Football Association, wrote in a personal tweet: “A pioneer in women’s football and a great team player. @JillScottJS8 congratulations on a wonderful career, it was a pleasure to know you.
“A wee bit glad there’s no more sliding tackles during friendly kickabouts…W.” William presented members of the England squad with their medals after the Euro 2022 final.
At the end of 2019, Scott was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, in the New Year’s Honors List for her services to football.
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