Everton have completed the signing of England great Jill Scott on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.
Midfielder Scott returns to Everton having enjoyed a successful seven-year spell with the Blues between 2006 and 2013. She was part of the Everton team that won the Premier League Cup in 2007/08 and the FA Women’s Cup in 2019/10.
In a distinguished international career, the 33-year-old has won a staggering 149 senior caps and scored 25 goals for England.
Scott is second only to Fara Williams in the Lionesses’ all-time appearance chart.
She has played for her country at four World Cups and was a key figure in the England teams which reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2015 and 2019.
Scott was also part of the Lionesses side that finished runners-up in the 2009 European Championships and she represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In addition to the domestic silverware Scott won during her maiden stint at Everton, she has lifted one Women’s Super League title, three FA Women’s Cups and three WSL Continental Cups with Manchester City.
Everton boss Willie Kirk said: "I am delighted to be able to bring Jill back to the Club.
“She was a pivotal figure at Everton when the Women’s Super League was first formed and went on to become a significant part of Manchester City establishing themselves as one of the top clubs in this country.
“Her achievements in the game are incredible, and that was recognised with her MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.
“She is very excited to join us and I expect her to challenge and raise our standards, adding to the good work we are doing.
“It may only be a loan deal until the end of the season but I feel she can have a long-term impact to the journey that we are currently on.
“I'm really looking forward to working with her and it is another sign of our intent."
Scott will be in contention to make her Everton return in Sunday’s WSL clash away to Tottenham Hotspur (2.30pm kick-off).
Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director, Sarvar Ismailov, added: “It is great to welcome Jill back home. We all know the qualities which she brings to our squad but, most importantly, she gives us that winning mentality which will help our team.
“We are still in the process of strengthening and building that winning squad that can challenge the top four in the WSL.”