Jill Scott: Now that I’m retired it will be impossible to get away from football

Former England midfielder Jill Scott believes it will be impossible for her to step away from football after announcing her retirement.

The 35-year-old revealed on Tuesday she had decided to hang up her boots after helping the Lionesses win the Euro 2022 final by beating Germany at Wembley.

Having started her career at hometown club Sunderland before joining Everton, Scott joined Manchester City in 2013 and has won all national honors during her time at the game.

Jill Scott hopes to help coach the next generation of England stars (Nigel French/PA)

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Scott made her England debut in 2006 and went on to earn 161 senior caps and scored 27 goals.

The news of Scott’s retirement followed Ellen White, the Lionesses’ record goalscorer, who also decided to end her own playing career earlier this week.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has hailed the “incredible” influence of both women and hopes they “keep going” in some ways.

Scott, who has been without a club since leaving Manchester City late last season, wants the opportunity to work with the next generation of future England stars.

“I don’t think I can remove myself from the game. It’s been my whole life since I was five years old,” Scott told BBC Breakfast.

“Every weekend I had a football game. I don’t think it would be possible for me to get away from it.

“I’m hoping to get involved in coaching with the younger age groups and younger girls in England – it’s sort of an attempt to get a job there.

“I don’t plan ahead, so that’s really on me.”

Following the announcement of her retirement, Scott was inundated with tributes – including from the Duke of Cambridge, the Football Association’s president.

Scott admits not being with all of her old teammates will be weird.

“They sent me such lovely messages saying they will miss me – and I think they will miss our little coffees and cups of tea together.

“It really came to my mind, but I’m going to miss her so much.

“When you’re in a tournament, you’re there about two and a half months.

“Even now I had a little more free time and they went straight back to training.

“I text them, ‘Are you free for coffee? can I see You?’ because you really miss them but obviously they will be friends to me forever.”

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