Jill Scott has been crowned the winner of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here; midfielder, 35, retired from football last summer after winning Euro 2022 with England
Monday 28 November 2022 12:13, UK
Euro 2022 winner Jill Scott has been crowned Queen of the Jungle on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.
Before heading into the jungle, ex-England and Manchester City footballer Scott had said she thought there was "no way" she would be in the final, but the public loved her for her no-nonsense attitude, humility, positivity and sense of fun.
Speaking to hosts Ant Mcpartlin and Declan Donnelly after receiving the news, Scott said: "I just can't believe it. Honestly, I think I'm going to owe my grandma a lot of money for the 12 million votes she's done.
"We were one big team, I don't think there should be one winner, we couldn't have got through it without all of us."
Scott won the final vote on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! with 57.7 per cent of the public vote, compared with Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner's 42.3%, according to ITV.
The pair faced off on Sunday night after former health secretary Matt Hancock was eliminated from the final during a first round of voting, which saw him earn only 21.7 per cent of the public vote, while Warner claimed 31 per cent and Scott 47.3 per cent.
Scott, 35, played for Sunderland, Everton, Manchester City and Aston Villa during a glittering 18-year playing career, as well as representing England an incredible 161 times between 2006 and 2022.
The midfielder capped off her career by winning Euro 2022 with the Lionesses last summer, with Scott coming on in the 2-1 win over Germany in the final at Wembley in July, before hanging up her boots.
Now she has rounded off a memorable year by winning the 22nd series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Football paid their tributes to Scott with a host of her former team-mates tweeting of their delight at the result.
Scott pipped west Suffolk MP Hancock to the crown and Scott's former England team-mate Lotte Wubben-Moy was quick to highlight the verdict.
During an illustrious playing career, Scott won 161 caps for the Lionesses and scored 27 goals, while also winning the Women's Super League title and four women's FA Cups.
Scott returned after the Euros success this summer and in an interview with the Players' Tribune wrote: "I may be saying my goodbyes to football, but we're going to make this a celebration. No sad faces!! We've had too much fun for any tears.
"Imagine, if you would have told me that I'd go on to play for England for 16 years?
"If you would have told me that I'd live to see 90,000 people packed into Wembley Stadium for a women's European final? And that I'd be playing in it? Impossible."