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Alex Scott: Everyone is out to beat England

Alex Scott: Everyone is out to beat England

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Alex Scott: Everyone is out to beat England

England face Scotland in their Group D opener on Wednesday night in Utrecht.

Alex Scott has warned that England are the team everyone wants to see fall flat on their faces at the Women’s European Championship.

Scott played all three group games at the Euro 2013 finals, as England lost to Spain and France and drew with Russia to tumble out at the end of the group phase.

The tournament represented a desperate low from which England recovered magnificently under Mark Sampson’s leadership, by finishing third at the World Cup.

But stalwart defender Scott believes other nations will want to obstruct the rise of the Lionesses, and no team will harbour that desire more than Scotland, who England face in their Group D opener on Wednesday night in Utrecht.

Scott told Press Association Sport: “We know all eyes are on us. We need to make sure we’re at our best going into every single game because other teams are looking at this England team and they want to beat us.

“They want to do everything they can to put us back in our place.”

Scott will be best known to many as last year’s winner of ITV’s Mission Survive celebrity reality show, hosted by adventurer Bear Grylls, when among her tasks she was called upon to drink elephant dung juice and submit to rectal rehydration.

For those close to the women’s game, she is the 139-cap right-back who is now battling Lucy Bronze, the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, for that position.

Such competition makes England stronger, and 32-year-old Scott says the team will need to be at their most resilient to fend off Scotland.

“Everything goes out of the window. It’s about rivalry,” Scott said.

“We know it’s Scotland’s first time that they’ve qualified for a finals, and to have their first game against us they know there’s pressure on us.

“All eyes are on us so they have nothing to lose but everything to gain from beating this England side. So already that gives them added incentive to beat us.

“It’s a special match; I think it was written on the cards that it was going to happen. It’s going to be all about going out there and even if it’s a 1-0 win or a scrappy one, that’s fine as long as we come away with a win.”

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