Jill Scott believes that there is more pressure on England in the European Championships due to the brilliant World Cup performance in 2015.
England surpassed expectations in the 2015 World Cup, finishing in 3rd place after heartbreakingly losing in the last minute to runners-up Japan and finally beating Germany in the Bronze Medal play-off.
The 2017 European Championships are in Holland and the expectations levels are different this time around.
Scott said: “I think people look at us as the top team in Europe because of that tournament. (the World Cup)” The midfielder continued: “I think the girls will cope with the pressure, we have a lot of players with a lot of international experience, so it should stand us in good stead.”
When asked if England can win it, Manchester City Ladies’ number 8 stated: “I think we can, I really do. Going to tournaments is a difficult one because so much happens, but I know that we will be very well equipped for every situation we find ourselves in and then who knows.”
On her own place in the squad, the central midfielder said: “‘I’m lucky enough to have been to two Euros and it would be fantastic to get on that plane for my third. I try to make good decisions each day, work hard and what will be will be.”
Scott was speaking after the SSE Women’s FA Cup 5th round clash which saw Manchester City Women defeat Reading FC Women 1-0 courtesy of a late Lucy Bronze winner.
The 30 year-old was asked whether Manchester City’s winning momentum can continue onto the international stage, responding with a team focus: “We tend to leave our club hats at home, we all have to adopt the England strategy to be respectful. I think that when we go there we can really challenge for it.”
England have been drawn in Group D alongside Scotland, Spain and Portugal and begin their journey against the Scots at 19:45 on July 19th.
The Manchester City match was significant as it saw the Sky Blues one step closer to claiming their maiden FA Cup, but also as current World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd made her City debut.
Scott said on the 235-time capped American’s arrival: “She’s a fantastic player, you see the experience that she brings. She finds great space.” Scott added: “We know that is what she was going to bring the team and now we have lots of competition for places.”
Winger and fellow England international Nikita Parris also spoke on Lloyd after the game: “Everyone wants to play with her, she’s got great vision and her technique on the ball is unbelievable.” Parris continued: “She can only make us a better team and me a better player.”
Manchester City are still fighting on all fronts and the Sky Blues’ next match is in the Champions League against Danish runners-up Fortuna Hjorring on Thursday. The unique WSL Spring Season kicks off against rival title contenders Chelsea Ladies on the 23rd of April.