England Women midfielder Jill Scott has announced retirement from football at the age of 35. She announced her retirement after England Women won the Euro 2022 last month. Scott has earned 161 caps for the country, scoring 27 goals in the process. She has also won the Women’s Super League and four FA Cups. Beginning her career with Sunderland, she spent seven years at Everton before joining Manchester City in 2013.
“I may be saying my goodbyes to football, but we’re going to make this a celebration. No sad faces!! We’ve had too much fun for any tears,” England Women midfielder Jill Scott said. “Imagine, if you would have told me that I’d go on to play for England for 16 years? If you would have told me that I’d love to see 90,000 people packed into Wembley Stadium for a women’s European final? And that I’d be playing in it? Impossible.”
“I must congratulate Jill on a very special career. I am so glad she was able to end on such a positive memory. It will be hard to imagine an England squad without her as she has been an icon of the team for so long,” England Women manager Sarina Wiegman said. “I respect her decision, but we will miss her positive impact on and off of the pitch for sure. To be able to play at the highest level for so long tells you how good a player Jill has been, and her story is a positive example that others will continue to follow. She still has a huge amount to offer, so I hope she won’t be lost to the women’s game in the future – whatever that role may be. She is a very special person, and although it was only for a short period, I feel privileged to have had the chance to work with her.”