Jill Scott: Football pays tribute to former Lioness after I'm A Celebrity win

Ali Rampling
Jill Scott was crowned queen of the jungle on Sunday
Jill Scott was crowned queen of the jungle on Sunday / Leon Neal/GettyImages

Less than four months after helping England's Lionesses to their maiden piece of silverware at Euro 2022, Jill Scott was celebrating more success on Sunday evening after being crowned queen of the jungle.

England's second most capped player secured more votes than Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner and Conservative MP Matt Hancock to be crowned the winner of 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here' 2022.

Scott's one liners, words of encouragement, and sense of humour made her hugely popular with the general public - traits which came as little surprise to her former teammates.

“Honestly, one of the best people you’d ever get to meet and the world’s fallen in love with you too. Always been a queen. So happy for you,” tweeted Lauren Hemp, who played alongside Scott for Manchester City and England.

"Us former teammates have had the pleasure of having Jill Scott light up our England camps just as she has in the jungle! She is exactly like this, 100% funny, genuine and positive," added former England captain Faye White.

Scott enjoyed incredible longevity in football prior to her retirement in the summer. She was the only Lioness to feature in the finals of both Euro 2009 and Euro 2022, maintaining pace with the game as women's football gradually transitioned from an amateur to a professional sport over the course of her career.

"So proud of this one! A genuine, lovable human that now everyone can see! Well done Queen of the Jungle and our hearts," Anita Asante tweeted.

"So pleased for Jill Scott, throughly deserved it was never in doubt! What a star," Sue Smith wrote on Twitter.

The win caps a fairytale year for Scott, who was introduced off the bench just before extra time in England's Euro 2022 final victory over Germany, She was instrumental to the victory, breaking up play magnificently and swearing stupendously at Germany's Sydney Lohmann.

"The men don’t bring it home for over 50 years and Jill Scott brings it home twice in one year," Manchester Laces founder Helen Hardy wrote on Twitter.

"Jill Scott beats Matt Hancock. that’s my girl," tweeted Arsenal's Lotte Wubben-Moy.