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Demi Stokes’ Teammates: ‘Jill Scott is like a fine wine!’

Demi Stokes says Jill Scott is ‘like a fine wine’, getting better with age!

Both originating from the north east, the pair have played together for years – for Club and country – starting out at Sunderland before reuniting at City; all the while travelling the world with England.

While Stokes has always remained a reserved character, Scott is known and admired for her charismatic personality; in particular, her kindness, carefree attitude and sense of humour.

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On the pitch, the midfielder portrays a different but equally-respected demeanour – focused, determined and hard-working – to balance both aspects of her persona, ensuring she is the perfect role model.

Earlier this year, Scott received an MBE for her contributions to football: deservedly recognised for her dedication to the game she has fought so hard to progress, battling the challenges so many women face in sport along the way.

Aged 17 in 2009, Stokes declared her hopes of ‘following in Scott’s footsteps’ into the Lionesses set-up. Now having played alongside the 33-year-old for so long, she has had a first-hand insight into her compatriot’s journey and the characteristics which crafted it.

In the first of a new series Teammates, presented by QNET, the left-back hails her City and England counterpart, declaring the midfield engine her best friend in the squad.

“I get on with everyone but I’d have to pick Jill as my best friend in the team,” she smiled.

“She’s just Jill! She’s on another planet but she keeps us entertained so that’s good, although I probably wouldn’t be allowed to tell you some of the stories! I’d be here all day anyway…

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“I always say: she’s like a fine wine – she gets better with age. I think she appreciates that! Maybe she thinks I’m taking the mick but she has played such an important role for City and for England.

“She even captained at the last international camp and it’s all those little things put together that make her.”

With a mixture of youth, experience and varied cultures, Stokes asserts the City squad is full of interesting and amusing characters.

Often rooming with the laid-back Keira Walsh and energetic Lee Geum-min, the defender says she has mixed but enjoyable experiences on away days!

“Sometimes, we rotate roommates depending on injuries but for the most part, Lee Geum-min has been my roommate this season,” she added.

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“It’s been very entertaining! She loves a dance, which gives us a good laugh, and she’s very inquisitive – she’ll ask loads of questions.

“When she watches TV, she likes to watch American movies and then she’ll repeat quotes to me and I’ll have to explain how to say them properly!

“Keira is very different. She’s very chilled; as am I.

“I think we complement each other well.”

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