I'm A Celeb Jill Scott's life - Peter Crouch link, 'gutting' football ban and step-mum

I'm A Celeb Jill Scott's life - Peter Crouch link, 'gutting' football ban and step-mum

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Former professional footballer Jill Scott made history when she helped to lead the Women's England team to victory at the UEFA Women's Euros 2022.

Before her record breaking moment, Jill played for teams across the UK, including for her hometown Sunderland and later to Aston Villa.

After her success at the Euros, Jill retired from the beautiful game, but in between her career triumphs, the football legend has led an exciting yet humble life.

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Jill has become even more of a national favourite as she braves the celebrity jungle in I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

The name's 'Crouchy'

Jill started playing football at 13

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Initially, Jill has practised long distance running at football when she was 13. Having chosen the football route, she played for her school teams throughout the years. At just 18 she was awarded Woman of the Match when she began playing for Sunderland Women.

Playing as a midfielder and standing at 5 foot 11 inches, Jill was nicknamed Crouchy after male international player, Peter Crouch.

The baller went on to wow the Sport industry and even beat presenter Alex Scott to the FA Tesco Players' Player of the Year award at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Jill progressed, playing for Manchester United, Everton and Aston Villa, her final club before she retired in August 2022 after her iconic Euros win.

Three match ban

Jill apologised for the incident

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Jill hasn't always been so innocent though. During the earlier years of her career, Jill, who was playing for Manchester City at the time, was shown the red card and banned for three matches for headbutting Arsenal's Jade Bailey during Manchester City's 1–0 defeat.

After the incident, Jill remorsefully tweeted: "I want to apologise for the incident which led to me being sent off. Gutted to let everyone @MCWFC down."

Her club manager at the time, Nick Cushing said the reaction was completely "out of character".

"She's been an exceptional player for us and she puts in unbelievable performances every week so it's disappointing," he said.

Simple side job

Jill and Shelly own a coffee shop together

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Outside of football, Jill surprisingly works in a coffee shop alongside her partner Shelly. The shop, Boxx2Boxx, is in Manchester near where they live and "regularly has a host of famous footballers visiting for a flat white".

Footballers from across the industry, including Man City midfielders Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United Women star Ella Toone, have popped into the cafe to test out Jill's barista skills.

The name of the coffee shop is reportedly after box-to-box midfielders who are all-round players skilled at both attacking and defending.

Romantic love life

Jill and Shelly have been together for six years

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Jill has been with her partner Shelly Unitt for six years. The pair met through Jill's international teammate Rachel Unitt who is Shelly's sister.

The couple got engaged in March 2020 and in true coffee-loving style, Jill announced the new by posting a photo of Shelly holding a coffee cup with her left hand, showing off the sparkly solitaire pave band ring.

She added the caption: "The best coffee so far @shellyunitt".

In December 2020, Jill gave her followers an update about the couple's engagement plans, writing: "No engagement party as planned but hoping for an even bigger one next year! Feeling very grateful for our 4th Christmas together here’s to many more @shellyunitt."

Royally awarded

Jill was awarded an MBE

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Labelled a "true veteran" of the game, Jill is England's second-most capped international footballer (men and women) behind Fara Williams.

In 2020, she was featured on the New Year's Honours list and was given a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to women's football.

Other incredible moments in her career include being named in an 18–player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics and again for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Family first

Although Jill doesn't have any children of her own, she's very family oriented and often shows off her adorable nieces and nephews.

Just before she entered the jungle, Jill posted a throwback snap of her and her six-year-old niece Dolly. The pair recreated the snap of Jill holding a newborn Dolly.

Elsewhere on her feed, Jill posted a series of cute pics of her nephew Dexter, who had just turned nine. Along with the collection of photos, Jill added the sweet message, writing: "Love you more than you will ever know keep being you".

Jill is the step-parent to Shelly's two teenage daughters, Evie and Hattie, and the three of them have been rooting for Jill as she braves the Australian jungle.

I'm A Celeb stint

Jill kept the stint a secret

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Jill announced that she'd be joining the cast of this year's I'm A Celeb, revealing that she'd kept the secret by telling people that she was "going on holiday".

With the final looming, Jill has been named favourite to win with fans commenting on her sense of humour, leadership and authenticity.

She battles former MP Matt Hancock, Strictly's Seann Walsh, rugby player Mike Tindall and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner for the crown.

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