On-loan Everton midfielder and experienced England star Jill Scott looks set to win her 150th senior cap for her country after being named in Hege Riise’s first squad as interim coach of the Lionesses.
Scott, 34, has been named amongst a slightly smaller group of players than previous squads, with 20 players receiving the nod, compared to 29 last time out.
Debuting in 2006, the Sunderland-born player has been an integral part of the set up for 15 years and could be rewarded with the milestone cap in the upcoming game against Nothern Ireland, at St George’s Park.
This fixture will be the first official game for Riise’s side since last year’s SheBelieves Cup, which took place in the United States.
In addition to Scott, experienced internationals Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Ellen White have received call-ups, as ex-United States assistant coach Riise looks to continue the trend of previous camps in choosing a mix of youth and experience.
Speaking to The Football Association, Riise said that she is looking forward to her first match in charge and believes that she has a team which can be successful.
“I have watched a lot of England and club matches and believe this is a group of players who are capable of winning at a major tournament,” she said.
The game against Northern Ireland will help the Lionesses ramp up their preparations for Team GB’s involvement in the Olympic Games, which are due to take place in the summer.
England squad for the international fixture against Northern Ireland at St George’s Park on Tuesday 23 February:
Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Sandy MacIver (Everton).
Defenders: Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash).
Midfielders: Jill Scott (Everton, on loan from Manchester City), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City).
Forwards: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Bethany England (Chelsea), Ellen White (Manchester City), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City).
Article author: Declan Clark