Sunderland's Jill Scott set to win 100th England cap

Jill Scott is set to win her 100th cap for England
Jill Scott is set to win her 100th cap for England
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Jill Scott's dream of reaching 100 caps for England is set to become a reality.

The Sunderland-born midfielder won her 99th international cap in England's 2-1 defeat to China in the opening game of the CFA International Women’s Football Tournament on Friday.

And the 28-year-old Manchester City star is now set to reach the landmark figure when Mark Sampson's side take on Australia in China tomorrow.

Speaking last year, the former Sunderland and Everton midfielder said: "“To reach 100 caps would be a dream really.

"To look at the calibre of players that have reached 100 caps – Kelly (Smith], Fara [Williams], Casey [Stoney], Alex [Scott], [Rachel] Unitt – it would be amazing to join that list."

Scott has enjoyed a successful international career so far, including winning a bronze medal in this summer's World Cup after England defeated Germany 1-0 in the third-place play-off.

The midfield ace had previously been part of England squads twice beaten at the quarter-final stage, having featured in England’s last-eight defeats to USA in 2007 and France in 2011.

Scott will be hoping her 100th appearance brings a change of fortune for England after the defeat to China in the opening match of the tournament.

Striker Shuang Wang opened the scoring for the hosts from close range in the fifth minute, turning home Peng Han’s cut back before doubling the lead just before the break.

Eniola Aluko got one back for England moments before the half-time whistle but the Lionesses were unable to mount a second-half comeback.

Next up for England is World Cup quarter finalists Australia in the final match of the tournament.

Sampson told the FA's official site: “Now we’re on the back of a defeat we really need to bounce back and deliver a big performance.

“We need to reflect on this game and come bouncing back against a good Australian team.

“Only once have we been beaten twice in a row in the last 18 months [by Germany and USA] and we don’t want that to happen again.

“This team hates losing and it’s important that we bounce back and get things right."