The Duke of Cambridge has praised England midfielder Jill Scott on her career after announcing her retirement at the age of 35.  Pictured presenting him with his gold medal at Euro 2022

Prince William pays tribute to ‘pioneer’ Lioness Jill Scott as she retires aged 35

The Duke of Cambridge has praised England midfielder Jill Scott on her career after announcing her retirement at the age of 35.

FA Chairman Prince William wrote in a personal tweet: “A pioneer of women’s football and a great team player.

‘@JillScottJS8 congratulations on a wonderful career, it was a pleasure to know you. A little bit happy that there are no more sliding tackles during “friendly” kickabouts… W’.

The Duke of Cambridge has praised England midfielder Jill Scott on her career after announcing her retirement at the age of 35. Pictured presenting him with his gold medal at Euro 2022

The Duke of Cambridge, chairman of the FA, has met Jill Scott on several occasions over the years.  Pictured during a training camp at St George's Park ahead of Euro 2022

The Duke of Cambridge, chairman of the FA, has met Jill Scott on several occasions over the years. Pictured during a training camp at St George’s Park ahead of Euro 2022

FA chairman Prince William joked he wouldn't miss Scott's sliding tackles during kickabouts

FA chairman Prince William joked he wouldn’t miss Scott’s sliding tackles during “friendly” kickabouts. Pictured joining the Lionesses for a training session in 2017

The 35-year-old’s decision to hang up her boots comes just over three weeks after she helped the Lionesses to Euro 2022 glory.

She won 161 senior international caps after making her England debut in 2006 and scored 27 goals for the national team.

Scott tweeted about his decision: ‘Well we’re not crying. I promised myself. I am retiring from football. And I leave with a gold medal around my neck.

William cheered on the Lionesses and presented them with their medals after their historic 2-1 win over Germany in the final at Wembley last month.

Yesterday the Duke of Cambridge congratulated Scott’s teammate Ellen White on her brilliant career.

Prince William and Kate’s Twitter account responded to the news from the Man City star, which she shared on the social media platform this afternoon.

“Congratulations on your record breaking and historic career @ellsbells89,” read the tweet.

White – who is retiring after scoring 52 goals for the Lionesses – said it had been “one of the toughest decisions” of his life, but insisted it was “time to see the next generation shine”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have congratulated Ellen White following the announcement of her retirement from football at the age of 33 after helping the Lionesses win Euro 2022 in the summer

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have congratulated Ellen White following the announcement of her retirement from football at the age of 33 after helping the Lionesses win Euro 2022 in the summer

Prince William and Kate's Twitter account responded to news from the Man City star, which she shared on the social media platform this afternoon

Prince William and Kate’s Twitter account responded to news from the Man City star, which she shared on the social media platform this afternoon

“It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I know it’s the right decision for me,” White said.

“This decision has always been one I wanted to make on my terms. And it’s time for me to say goodbye to football and watch the next generation shine.

“It was my greatest honor and privilege to play this game. In particular, playing for England has been and always will be the greatest gift. My dreams came true on July 31, winning the Euros and by becoming European champion.

“I have been very lucky to have played for several teams during my career. It has been a huge honor to have represented some of the biggest clubs in England and to have worn the shirt and created incredible memories .

White thanked the

The attacker shared a long message with his Twitter followers

White thanked ‘football’ in a lengthy message shared with his Twitter followers

His announcement included a tribute to his family

She also sent a message demanding greater inclusion in the sport

White’s statement ended with a call for greater supply and inclusion in English football

“Thank you to all the clubs who gave me the opportunity to be part of your football club.

“Thank you to the managers I worked for. Your guidance, patience, knowledge and trust in me helped give me the confidence to achieve my wildest dreams.

“The hours on and off the pitch don’t go unnoticed and I’m incredibly grateful and will always remember the good times.”

England manager Sarina Wiegman said: “Ellen has given so much for England and we are all so proud of her.” I’ve only had the pleasure of working with her for a year, but her professionalism, work rate and finishing ability are world class.

“This summer she has done an amazing job for the team, she is the perfect team player and has helped young players find their way into international football. I already knew she was a great player but I found an even better person. She will be missed, but I fully understand her decision to take a new direction.

White finished second in the WSL with City in 2020-21, ending the campaign with 10 goals

White finished second in the WSL with City in 2020-21, ending the campaign with 10 goals

Prince William pays tribute to ‘pioneer’ Lioness Jill Scott as she retires aged 35

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