The 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada is just 40 days away and today Panini released the first picture from their upcoming official sticker book and it was Manchester City’s Jill Scott that was handed the honour.
Coach Nick Cushing called Scott the best player in City’s squad since he took the job at the start of last season, and now the England midfielder has been immortalised in this historic move from Panini.
For decades, kids have been collecting the stickers from the men’s World Cup or European Championship tournaments, but now for the first time the Women’s marquee event will have the same coverage.
Scott has played 90 times for England since making her debut in 2006 against Holland and is a shoe-in to make Mark Sampson’s squad when it is confirmed on May 11th.
The Man City player recently made the news for the wrong reasons when she was sent off against Arsenal for head-butting international team-mate Jade Bailey. This puts Scott in the spot-light for much more deserved reasons and she was happy with the honour.
Thank you much appreciated! Remember collecting these as a kid! https://t.co/vnFRMsMm45— Jill Scott (@JillScott12) April 27, 2015
England are the eighth favourite to lift the World Cup with the bookies this summer, which shows just how far the Women’s Super League has come in relation to the world game that Scott won a poll to decide who would be the first sticker.
International players such as Chelsea’s Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and Liverpool’s African Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala joining the league has boosted the profile of the game in England, and Panini’s launch adds more weight to the thought that the profile of Women’s football is constantly growing.
England were knocked out at the group stage four years ago, but Scott will be hoping to take her Panini success to Canada and help her country go further this time.