England Lionesses' Jill Scott warns World Cup heartache will last TEN years


Jill Scott has admitted she will have problems coping with her World Cup semi-final heartbreak – as she is still upset about a similar defeat with England a whole decade ago.

The Lionesses midfielder was unable to get much sleep following the defeat to the United States with her emotions still getting the better of her. And while she is confident that Phil Neville’s squad can earn a bronze medal by winning a play-off against Sweden on Saturday, the scars will clearly remain for some time yet.

Asked how long it took for the wounds to heal following another World Cup semis defeat, to Japan, four years ago, she said: “They haven’t – I’m not over it. It hurts, it really does. Always thought it should have been us against the USA in 2015. In my mind at least, it’s the game that never was.

Manager Phil Neville tries to console Scott after the 2-1 loss to holders USA

“I still think about 2009 in the European Championship final against Germany, even though we probably had no chance of beating them. I’m still gutted we didn’t walk away with a trophy.

“So yes, there’s hurt. It was a sleepless night straight after the game. On Wednesday, we then had the journey to Nice. I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been difficult.

“I never like to use the word ‘sacrifice’ because this is the best job in the world. You do give everything to it, so when in a minute everything is taken from you in a World Cup semi-final, it really is shattering.

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“But saying that, in 2015 the strength of the squad was one of the proudest moments for me – because of the way we picked ourselves up.”

England have lost two World Cup semi-finals and a Euros one since 2015

Scott said that despite the disappointment a third-placed finish was a return to be proud of. Her medal from four years ago has been framed.

She added: “Whenever I walk past it I’m always reminded of that journey in Canada. If we beat Sweden, I would get it framed as well.

“I’m desperate to end this tournament on a high. I’m devastated we haven’t given the nation a final to look forwards to at the weekend, we promised we would be here until the end of the tournament. It still means so much to me to win a medal.”





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