North-East girl Jill Scott aims to make it third time lucky with England

England's Jill Scott (right) in action against France
England's Jill Scott (right) in action against France

Jill Scott aims to make it third-time lucky when she lines up for England in the eight of the World Cup in Canada tonight.

The North-East girl, pushing for a place in the starting XI for the match against the hosts, has played in two quarter-finals before and lost both.

To be in the last four of a World Cup would be a fantastic feeling


But she’s relishing the clash against the hosts.

England face a vibrant and expectant Canada in Vancouver (kick-off 12.30am, live on BBC1) where a crowd of 60,000 will be roaring on the Canucks.

But the Lionesses are in confident mood after reeling off three 2-1 wins on the spin to reach the quarters – their come-from-behind success over Norway was their first victory in the knock-out stage of a World Cup.

Scott is a two-time loser at the quarter-final stage, having featured in England’s last-eight defeats to USA in 2007 and France in 2011.

The 28-year-old, from Sunderland, scored in the latter match but that hardly mitigates her frustration.

“I’ve been involved in two quarter-finals in the past and lost them both,” said the Man City midfielder.

“It’s very depressing to lose a big match like that.

“This is going to be a massive game.

“Whether it’s one of the new girls, or one of the players that have been to two World Cups before, we know this is a big game.

“We all want to be in the semi-final.

“To be in the last four of a World Cup would be a fantastic feeling.”

Scott will be hoping her outstanding display as a sub in the win over Norway in the last 16 will prompt Mark Sampson to restore her to the starting side.

The former Sunderland midfielder played an integral role in a win which was very much ‘Made in the North-East’.

Trailing 1-0, England drew level through ex-Lady Black Cats star Steph Houghton, the South Hetton-born skipper heading home in fine style.

And the winner came from a stunning strike by another ex-Sunderland defender, Northumberland girl Lucy Bronze firing in from outside the area.

While Houghton and Bronze are almost certain starters at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium, Scott may have to wait and see where she figures in Sampson’s thoughts.

To say the head coach uses all his options would be an understatement – all 21 outfield players have featured at some point in the first four games, including another ex-Sunderland star, Jordan Nobbs.

And Scott feels Canada will have no way of knowing what personnel or system Sampson will deploy.

“I actually think we could field two teams of 11 in this tournament and they would both get to at least the quarters, that’s how good I think this squad is,” she said.

“I know I can do a job for the team, just like any of the other 22 girls.

“I think we have proved in this tournament that we can play in a number of different ways and a number of different formations, and that’s quite pleasing.

“Canada won’t know what England team is going to show up.”

The Canadians, ironically, will be coached by a Durham lad, John Herdman, from Consett.