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England legend Jill Scott has announced her retirement from football, bringing an end to a remarkable 16-year spell with the national team in which she won 161 caps.

Scott, 35, was an integral part of the England women’s squad who won the 2022 European Championship. She was used as a substitute in four of their six matches, including in Sunday’s final, when she came on as a second-half replacement in the 2-1 win against Germany.

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The midfielder was playing in her eighth major tournament with England, having played in four World Cups and four European Championships. She also played for Team GB at the 2012 and 2020 Olympics.

Scott’s tally of 161 caps means she ends her international career as England’s second most-capped player behind Fara Williams, who won 172 caps from 2001-2019.

Having made her debut back in 2006, Scott was one of the first players to receive a full-time playing contract from the FA in 2009. She started her club career with Sunderland, before moving to Everton in 2006. She played there through to 2013, when she moved to Manchester City. There she won the Women’s Super League in 2016 as well as three FA Cups before leaving the club when her contract expired this summer.

Scott was a runner-up with England at the 2009 Euros, when they lost the final 6-2 to Germany, and was also part of the team who reached the 2015 and 2019 World Cup semifinals.

But the crowning moment of her international career came as she helped England win their first major trophy in 56 years this summer. Captain Leah Williamson described Scott as the “people’s champion” while Lucy Bronze said Scott had been at the “centre” of defining moments in England’s history.

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