Who’s the most entertaining? Who’s the most huggable? Who is most likely to forget their passport? England’s Jill Scott gave us an exclusive scoop on her fellow Lionesses characters.
The tournament commences in a week’s time on home soil when England start their campaign against Austria at Old Trafford on July 6.
It has been 17 years since England last hosted an entire international tournament, which saw pioneers such as Hope Powell, Faye White, Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey lead the way for the Lionesses.
But the landscape has changed since then. More eyes have been on women’s football than ever before, and the country is bubbling with anticipation as all of the Lionesses’ group game stages have been sold out.
And who better to give us the insights than England’s very own Scott? Speaking to Sky Sports News’ Gail Davis, the midfielder told us what some of her fellow team-mates are like when they don’t have their game faces on…
The Lionesses in character
Who is the most entertaining in the team?
“It’s got to be Lauren Hemp. Every time she gets the ball I’m entertained.”
Who makes you laugh off the pitch?
“That’s actually a good question! To be fair, Millie [Bright] makes me laugh a lot. We’d be sitting in meetings and we’ll make each other laugh and I think we’ll get looked at like the two naughty school kids.”
Who’s most likely to forget their passport?
“All these answers could probably be me! I’m going to say Ella Toone. I haven’t forgot mine before but if I had to pick someone it would probably be her.
“I think Carly Telford has so I’m going to throw her under the bus as well.”
Who’s the most huggable?
“I’d like a Demi [Stokes] hug now and then. She’s my best friend and sometimes I might need a Demi hug.”
Who would you go to if your washing machine broke?
“Ghostbusters! Ellen [White] has got the glasses so she might be able to see the detail of what needs fixing as well.”
Who’s most likely to do the washing?
“Well Stokes is now a mum, she’s got a lot of parental duties. I’ll put her down for that. I know they will come back clean because she is very diligent.”
Earning 159 caps and competing in nine tournaments across a 16-year period are no accolades to ignore. But in recent times, it hasn’t been easy for Scott to continue to cement her legacy for both club and country.
She only made eight appearances in the Man City side in the 2021/22 WSL season. She was also loaned out twice more during her time there to Aston Villa for the second half of last season, although she sustained a knee injury which made her miss the end of the WSL season.
“I don’t want people thinking I am solely here for off-pitch involvement,” Scott told Davis.
”I’m training every day at such a high standard, I made sure I was fit and ready to compete for a place and then got picked, so I think it’s kind of finding that balance.
“In every training session I’m going to push myself, I think it’s so important that you bring that energy and that professionalism. I’m hoping I can just kind of have an overall role. I don’t know how the tournament is going to pan out but if I’m needed I’ll be ready.”
Keep up with all the latest from Euro 2022 across Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.
Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give analysis throughout the tournament.
They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.
The pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 Mobile Presentation Bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where matches are being played.
In addition, Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded for the tournament to Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast from 21 June. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a strong programme line up around the tournament.
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Wednesday July 6
Group A: England vs Austria – kick off 8pm, Old Trafford
Thursday July 7
Group A: Norway vs Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s
Friday July 8
Group B: Spain vs Finland – kick off 5pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany vs Denmark – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Saturday July 9
Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Group C: Netherlands vs Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Sunday July 10
Group D: Belgium vs Iceland – kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Italy – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
Monday July 11
Group A: Austria vs Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s
Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Tuesday July 12
Group B: Denmark vs Finland – kick off 5pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany vs Spain – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Wednesday July 13
Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands v Portugal – kick off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday July 14
Group D: Italy vs Iceland – kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
Friday July 15
Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s
Group A: Austria vs Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick off 8pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Denmark vs Spain – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Sunday July 17
Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Monday July 18
Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Friday July 22
Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
Tuesday July 26
Semi-final 1: Winners quarter-final 1 v Winners quarter-final 3 – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 v Winners quarter-final 4 – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 – kick off 5pm, Wembley