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A phenomenal 12 months for Jill Scott was completed at the FA Women's Football Awards last week when she won the prestigious Players' Player of the Year award.
The 21-year-old midfielder was nominated alongside England team mates Karen Carney and Alex Scott and her success ends Arsenal's domination of the award which saw one of their players take home the trophy in each of the last seven years.
"I'm in absolute shock," a delighted Jill told Women's Soccer Scene afterwards. "I was sitting there, watching the nominations come up and I was privileged just to be amongst them, but to get picked was fantastic.
"I was on holiday along with Fern Whelan, who had to come back as she was Young Player of the Year, so I accompanied her back and it was a really big surprise for me."
Jill is the first Everton player to win the award and it rounds off a fine season for the club which saw them win their first major honours since the turn of the millennium. "The club has performed really well," said Jill. "We won the League Cup and came second in the league, and I think we are really closing the gap on Arsenal now. Obviously, Arsenal are a great team and we just need to keep working hard and hopefully progress next season.
"It's a bit surreal, to be honest. The girls that we have got all get on well and are working towards the same goal. It's not something that is going to happen overnight, so to win the League Cup was great and hopefully next season on to bigger and better things.
"Scoring in the World Cup was magnificent for me, but winning the League Cup was a great achievement and to see how happy the girls were (after the game) was just amazing."
The past season has also seen Jill hold down a regular place in the England side and she scored her second international goal in the 6-1 win over Belarus earlier this month. "It's been going really well since the World Cup," she smiled. "I was just pleased to get a few starts there and build on that. Hopefully I can score a few more goals, but if I can cement a place in the side, it will come with that."
So after a good year, what are Jill's ambitions for next season? "Club wise, we want to push on for the title now, we've got the players. It's all good and well saying we will challenge but we just need to start winning things now. Internationally, to reach the Euros and go on and win that."
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