I definitely felt the pressure – Jill Scott was relieved to be named to the England squad for the Euros

Jill Scott described waiting for the announcement of England’s squad for the European Home Championship next month as “probably one of the worst days of my life”.

Last week, ionesses head coach Sarina Wigman named her final roster of 23 and Scott, second only to Farah Williams as England’s top-scoring female player, feared she would not make the list.

But the 35-year-old will compete in her 10th major tournament for her country at Euro 2022 and could play her 157th international match when the Lionesses play the Netherlands in Friday’s friendly at Elland Road.

Scott said: “Honestly, I think last week I felt relieved—definitely felt the pressure.

“If you look at the team and the 28 people we had, the talent in that group was absolutely huge, so yeah, Wednesday was probably one of the worst days of my life to be honest, waiting to hear if there is you have in

“It’s just a serious reflection on the talent that we have, and it definitely wasn’t one of those routine days where you just say, ‘Yeah, you’re in.’

Wigman named a provisional 28-woman squad in May before revealing who would miss, and Scott’s case didn’t help due to a knee injury sustained while on loan at Aston Villa late last season.

Sunderland native Scott, who made her Liones debut in 2006, said: “There wasn’t really much of a conversation, obviously she had to vent that day.

“She just said she believes in me, in what I bring to the field. In that sense, it was positive, and to be honest, I probably didn’t listen too much at the time.

“I was just waiting to hear if it was or not. It was a bit like X-Factor, after which there was just a sense of relief.”

The Lionesses will be one of the favorites for Euro 2022. They are unbeaten in their last 12 games, winning 10 while scoring an impressive 75 goals and conceding two.

Scott believes her wealth of experience will help her meet expectations before England open against Austria at the sold-out Old Trafford on 6 July.

“As you get older, you think about games and crowds a little more,” she said.

“The pressure changes when there is more focus on the team and more focus on you as an individual.

“But this is where we wanted the women’s game to continue, and we have to go out there and enjoy every minute.

I was just waiting to hear yes or no. It was a bit like X-Factor, after which there was just a feeling of relief.Jill Scott

“There will be a lot of expectations, but you saw the talent in the group and we want it because we think we can handle it.”

England’s friendly match against the Netherlands is the second of three warm-up matches.

Wigman’s side beat Belgium 3-0 at Molineux last week and will play Switzerland in Zurich on 30 June.