Canadian international midfielder Desiree Scott believes that Chelsea youngster Jessie Fleming will be regarded as a Canada Soccer legend in years to come.
The 22-year-old already has 77 senior international caps to her name after making her debut for the nation at the age of just 15. The player could add to that tally later this month as Canada return to action following a long lay-off at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time spoke with Kansas City midfielder Scott ahead of the tournament and she highlighted the importance of Chelsea midfielder Fleming to the national team.
“I never cease to be amazed by Jessie with what she can do on the field with a soccer ball” said Scott. “She came in as a little baby at 15 years old and impressed from the get-go.
“Her technical ability is incredible and I am so happy that she is in our midfield, I think she just brings a quiet confidence, she does things that you are amazed by.
“At such a young age, to come into this environment wasn’t easy and to play the way she has with that confidence and to be a steadfast sort of starter for us is fantastic.
“To have that many caps so early on, the sky is the limit for Jessie and we have only just began to tap into what she can do and what she can bring.
“I’m so happy that she is on our team, she is going to be a legend.”
The American-based players in Bev Priestman’s Canadian squad have lacked competitive action over the last few months but for players like Chelsea’s Fleming and Manchester City’s Janine Beckie, they have been in the thick of the action for their clubs. Scott went on to say that this was a big plus for the Canadian national team whilst also highlighting the increase in quality of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League since her days playing in the competition with Notts County.
“For the Jessie Flemings and Janines, playing in that environment is just key” she said. “To come in and infuse the environment with that quality and that intention in training sessions will really help, just to raise the level of the overall group.
“You will be able to tell on the field how sharp they are and hopefully that spreads throughout the whole squad.
“I kind of went before it was cool to go to England and you’ve just seen how much it has grown, the gap is closing between each team, the players that they are recruiting are top notch, they’re of top level.
“It has completely grown since I went and it was competitive when I was there, so it is amazing to see the league improve and the players that they’re drawing to it.”
Canada begin their SheBelieves Cup campaign against the United States in Florida on Friday before facing Argentina and Brazil.