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The Career of Lioness Legend Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a former footballer who played as a midfielder for Manchester City and England Women. She was born in Sunderland on February 2, 1987.

She started her playing career with her hometown club before moving to join Everton in 2006 at the age of 19, she spent seven years with the toffees where she won the FA Women's Premier League Cup in 2008 and the Women's FA Cup in 2010.

In 2013 she joined Manchester City and won both the FA Cup and the Continental Cup on three occasions with the club, while also winning the Women's Super League in 2016.

Scott made her debut for England in August 2006 against the Netherlands and she was also on the plane to China for the World Cup a year later, where she scored in the 6-1 win over Argentina.

She won her 100th cap against Australia in 2015 before earning another 50 over the following six seasons. Scott is one of the only two player, men or women to earn over 150 caps for England, amassing 161 appearances for the Lionesses before retiring in August 2022.

A month before retiring, Scott and the Lionesses won the Euros on home soil at a sell out Wembley crowd after a 2-1 victory over Germany in extra time.



  • FA Women's Premier League Cup: 2007-08

  • FA Women's Cup: 2009-10

Manchester City

  • FA Women's Super League Cup: 2014, 2016, 2018-19

  • FA Women's Super League: 2016

  • FA Women's Cup: 2016-17, 2018-19, 2019-20


  • Cyprus Cup: 2009, 2013, 2015

  • FIFA Women's World Cup 3rd place: 2015

  • SheBelieves Cup - 2019 - 2nd place 2018 - 3rd place 2016 & 2017

  • UEFA Women's Championship: 2022 - 2nd place 2009

  • Arnold Clark Cup: 2022


  • FA Players Player of the Year: 2008

  • FA International Player of the Year: 2011

  • Freedom of the City of London (announced 1st August 2022)

  • Freedom of the City of Sunderland (8th March 2023)

  • PFA Merit Award 2023

Following her success as a professional footballer, Scott was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to women's football.

Scott appeared on the twenty--second series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of here back in 2022 and was crowned “Queen of the Jungle”

She has been a pudit for several mens and women's matches including England men's Euros qualifying games against Malta and North Macedonia, and the UEFA Women's Champions League Final. In June 2023, she became the first female player to captain England for Soccer Aid.

Scott and her partner Shelly Unitt opened a coffee shop in April 2021 which they called Boxx2Boxx named after Jill's infamous role as a box-to-box midfielder throughout her career for club and country.

JIll Scott has had a remarkable career and will always be known as a legend to England fans and many fans around the world. She has been an inspiration and role model to a lot of young fans who have dreams of playing for the national team one day and she will continue to inspire the next generation.

By Phillipa Kipling

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