69: Jill Scott

Everyone knows what to expect from Scott by now. The box-to-box midfielder, now 31, opened her year with a brace away at Reading and bookended that with two goals on the final day against her former club Everton to seal Manchester City’s Champions League spot. Scott has featured in every league game of the 2018-19 season so far, with City pushing hard to catch Arsenal. Scott scored against France in Phil Neville’s first game as England head coach, found the net twice in a qualifier against Russia and was on target in the pivotal match against Wales that sealed England’s spot at the 2019 World Cup.

Nick Cushing, Manchester City manager:

“Jill’s physical ability [is her strength], she’s improved technically since she’s been here, she’s become a better offensive player, she’s been a real threat for us as an offensive player, but I think her physical ability and her endurance and stamina and her ability to dominate the game is definitely an attribute that has improved us and made us a better team. She can dominate the game, not only because of her size, but because of her technical ability and her offensive ability and that is a real asset for us.”

Phil Neville, England head coach:

“Jill is a top midfielder, who at times makes the game look easy. I was delighted to see her score two goals in our World Cup qualifier in Russia. With 132 caps to her name, Jill has a real enthusiasm for the game and a huge passion for representing her country.”

 

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