English midfielder, Jill Scott MBE currently plays for Manchester City as well as the English national team. She has previously been described as one of England’s four outstanding players in a FIFA technical report as well as “an energetic, ball-winning midfielder who works hard at both ends of the pitch.”
Throughout her childhood, Scott was a keen long-distance runner, she ran for Sunderland Harriers winning the North of England Under-13 cross-country title and Junior Great North Run. As she was also a member of Bolden Girls Football Club, it came to a point, at 13 years old, where she had to pick between the two sports, this is where her focus on football began. She studied at the University of Sunderland to gain a foundation degree in sports where she played for the football team along with current England team-mate Carly Telford before attending Loughborough University together to study sport further.
Jill’s club career began at Sunderland Women at the age of 18, it wasn’t long before she won the Women’s Player of the Month award for her performances at both club and under-19 country level. She was later signed by Everton Ladies where she was selected as the FA Tesco Players’ Player of the Year award ahead of Alex Scott and Karen Carney. After seven years with Everton, Jill signed a two-year contract with Manchester City, who went onto win the Continental Cup trophy in 2014. She is still signed to Manchester City today.
Having captained the under-19 side for 18 months, Scott eventually received her first senior call up in 2006. She made it to the 2007 World Cup squad and scored her debut international goal in a 6-1 victory again Argentina in the group stages. She was then also in the 2009 UEFA Women’s European Champions and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team. In 2012, Jill Scott was selected as part of the Team GB squad for the London Olympics. Recently in the 2020 New Years Honours, Jill was awarded an MBE for the services she has made to women's football.