England left-back Alex Scott has acquired 106 caps and 12 goals for England and has been an integral part of the team which has qualified for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
The 30-year-old’s next game is against bitter rivals Germany on the 23rd November, to be held at Wembley. It has managed to draw crowds of up to 55,000, a bigger attendance than when England’s men played Norway earlier this year.
However despite Wembley being a 90,000 seat stadium, it has been capped: “It could’ve been more, definitely, but I think health and safety issues always come first. So for us to still get 55,000 at Wembley is an amazing feat, an amazing achievement.”
On the game itself, Scott said: “We’re all really excited, we know the numbers of the crowd that’s going to be there. We just can’t wait to get out and play now.
“It’s something that we’ve always wanted and worked towards for women’s football in this country.”
She added: “I think it shows there is an appetite for women’s football in this country, so it’s for us to go out there and prove that we can perform on a big stage."
The last time England faced Germany was in the Euro 2009 final, when they were on the receiving end of 6-2 thumping, despite the memories, Scott remains positive: “We’re in a totally different place now, Mark’s got us playing great football. So for us I don’t think it’s about reflecting on previous results. We’re looking forward now, to this game and the World Cup.”
The game against Germany will see Mark Sampson manage his 13th England women’s senior team game. Scott says she has noticed a difference since he’s taken charge: “Mark’s bought in a whole new philosophy and belief. It’s given us a new air of confidence. He’s really enthusiastic as a manager and that rubs off on you as a player.”
Having had a two year spell in the states playing for Boston Breakers, Scott now plies her trade with Arsenal. This is now her third spell with the Gunners, having left the first time for Birmingham and returning the following season due to financial difficulties.
It was during this period that she, along with Arsenal, completed their famous ‘Quadruple’ season in 2007. The Women’s World Cup will run from the 6th June - 5th July, with 24 countries having made it through qualifying.