Scott with point to prove as England seek to bury demons

Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott are welcomed aboard HMS Duncan in the Portsmouth Naval Base
Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott are welcomed aboard HMS Duncan in the Portsmouth Naval Base

Alex Scott believes there are still points to prove as England women attempt to exorcise their Euro Championships demons.

The Three Lions suffered a shock first-round exit from the tournament held in Sweden in the summer after finishing bottom of their group with just one point.

In the aftermath, Hope Powell paid the price and lost her job after more than 15 years in charge.

Now under interim head coach Brent Hill, England’s 2015 World Cup qualification campaign got off to an impressive start with a 6-0 demolition of Belarus last weekend.

Tonight they take on Turkey at Fratton Park in their second group match (7.05pm).

And right-back Scott, who has more than a century of caps, is convinced the side can continue answering their critics after that summer failure.

She said: ‘I don’t think it was all down to Hope. Obviously she is getting all the blame but for me I always look at myself as a player and think as a team we underperformed.

‘Whether Hope could have done things differently can be argued.

‘But it is still about us players having to step across that line and do a job – and we know on our day we could have done better.

‘Seriously, we thought we could get to the final again as in 2009.

‘We worked really hard, our preparation was good and we drew the world champions (Japan) and played them off the park at times.

‘So we were really confident going into the championships – but on that stage we just didn’t perform.

‘It is now about getting that confidence back within ourselves, getting that enthusiasm back.

‘And it is about wanting to prove to people we are not that team and that we are a really good side.

‘We evaluated that tournament and cannot put our finger on what did go wrong.

‘We were confident going into it, we were fit, we felt good as a team but when it started we did not perform.

‘But as a chapter it has gone now and that is why we are so excited to regroup going into these qualifying games.

‘We want to put that behind us and just look forward now.

‘It is going to be a long campaign but one where we expect to top this group and get to another major championships.’

Karen Carney scored a first-half hat-trick in the hammering of Belarus, which doubled as England’s first match after the championships two months earlier.

Tonight marks a return to Fratton for the side which defeated Denmark on their February 2004 visit.

That was a friendly, this time around the fixture is a qualification match against Turkey.

And Scott clearly expects the Three Lions to follow up the Belarus destruction with another fine result.

She said: ‘I remember playing Turkey (July 2010) when it was Rachel Yankey’s 100th cap and we beat them 3-0 to reach the World Cup play-offs.

‘Against the lower-ranked teams, sometimes it can be harder because they set up for maybe a draw, especially playing away, so they can be hard to break down.

‘We are professional, though. So it’s a case of getting the job done and coming away with three points.’