By JACK AMI
ENGLAND’S second most-capped player Alex Scott was emotional when Papua New Guinea scored their first goal against North Korea in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup at the National Football Stadium on Sunday night.
“There was a lot of passion after the goal was scored, everyone was delighted, you could tell, with all the noise at the stadium,” Scott said.
“PNG should look at their journey and not the other teams coming this far and carry on.
“This goal (scored by Nicolette Ageva) gives the team a lot of confidence to go forward.
“PNG should stick with this team to build consistency with their style of play in order to improve.”
Scott said she enjoyed being in the country.
“That’s why Fifa brought the World Cup here — believe and have confidence in yourselves,” she said.
Scott had a training session with the PNG U17 side selected from the Meri Futbol League, a development programme to encourage more girls to play football.
The programme is aimed at teaching the proper fundamentals to be better players in future.
Scott is in PNG to promote women’s football and the U20 Women’s World Cup.
One of the cornerstones of the England team for the best part of a decade, Scott is only the seventh player to earn 100 England caps and is currently England’s second most capped player.
She has competed at the U19, U21 and senior levels for England, including the 2005, 2009 and 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship and the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Scott was named in the Fifa All- Stars team after Germany 2011.
By JACK AMI