FORMER footballer Alex Scott is set to make history by becoming Sky Sports’ first female pundit.
The former England, Arsenal and Boston Breakers right-back ended her playing career at the end of last season.
And Scott, 33, clocked up 140 caps for the Lionesses during her 16-year career, while clinching five Women’s Premier League titles, seven women’s FA Cups and the Women’s Champions League.
She was part of the BBC’s punditry team at the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer and has been well received for her work.
Scott was part of Sky’s punditry team for Super Sunday alongside Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher as West Ham welcome Liverpool to the London Stadium 1.30pm.
Scott’s appearance in the Sky Sports studio today on Super Sunday is a first for female pundits and, as her media stock continues to rise, expect to see a lot more of her over the coming season.
She oversaw Liverpool’s 4-0 demolition of West Ham, while Arsenal took on Manchester City later today losing 1 -0.
Asked about her punditry prior to the World Cup, she said: “I think as long as you’re honest there’s a way to do it.
“As a pundit, I have to tell the truth. I think players will respect that. Well, I hope they do.
Alex Scott is now working as a pundit on Sky Sports
“There’s always a responsibility as a pundit whether you’re male or female, the way you present yourself, making sure you’ve got your facts right.
“Sure, I do feel I am an ambassador for women’s football. But that hasn’t changed. It’s been like that since I started at eight years old. I’m still me.
“The important thing is to be yourself.”
Scott was providing analysis in the Sky Sports studio as Liverpool beat West Ham 4-0 and will be offering further insights when Arsenal face Manchester City at 4pm.
The 31-year-old left little to the imagination in the naked shoot for an 2016 issue of Women’s Health, where she showed off her toned body and revealed how a focus on fitness has seen her figure transform throughout her career.
Alex says her body hasn’t always been that way, with the fullback revealing advancements in sports science, a keen focus on nutrition and a move to America have seen her cut a leaner figure.
She said: ‘My body shape has transformed as sports science research has developed. It used to be thought that footballers needed to be big and do lots of weights and little cardio.
‘Now that thinking has changed and I’m leaner and more athletic, and nutrition has become more important.’
‘When I was younger, my food and fitness were less controlled – I just loved football.’
Growing up in Tower Hamlets in London, Scott learned the game by playing with her brother and his friends aged just five.
That led to a deal with Arsenal, but it wasn’t until her two-season stretch in the American top flight with Boston Breakers that nutrition and fitness became a key part of her football life.