Alex Scott: The girl who dreamed of playing at Wembley and won legion of fans on Strictly 


She unlaced her soccer boots and swapped the pitch for the ballroom, and now Alex Scott is set to include a different string to her bow as she requires the helm of a Concern of Activity. 

Right after times of speculation, the 35-year-outdated England participant-turned-pundit has been verified as Sue Barker’s successor on the extended-managing BBC sports activities present. 

Former Strictly contestant Scott, who once revealed she’s faced threats of rape and acid attacks, will choose in excess of upcoming yr immediately after Barker, 64, was axed soon after 24 a long time, together with staff captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

The transfer will be Scott’s largest presenting gig to date, getting forged a thriving occupation as a pundit, featuring on Sky Sports and the BBC. 

Soon after masking the men’s Entire world Cup in Russia for the BBC in 2018, Scott stated her presence on screen in a usually male-dominated profession induced horrendous abuse which commenced when she was nonetheless enjoying. 

Stated afterwards turned to liquor and underwent remedy in a bid to cope with the trolling. 

But the former Arsenal and England footballer will defy the critics when she takes up the post next 12 months. 

Confirmed: Alex's star has risen all the more since she competed on Strictly in 2019

From the pitch to the ballroom: Alex played for England and Arsenal in advance of turning into a prosperous Television set presenter (remaining in 2017). Right, on Strictly final year 

Tea at the Kremlin: The 35-year-old alongside Rio Ferdinand (right) with Vladimir Putin (centre) enjoying in 2018

Tea at the Kremlin: The 35-yr-old together with Rio Ferdinand (proper) with Vladimir Putin (centre) having fun with in 2018 

After days of speculation, the 35-year-old England player-turned-pundit (pictured at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017) has been confirmed as Sue Barker's successor on the long-running BBC sports show

Following days of speculation, the 35-calendar year-old England player-turned-pundit (pictured at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017) has been verified as Sue Barker’s successor on the very long-running BBC athletics clearly show

The face that says she got the job! Ex England footballer Alex Scott was confirmed as Sue Barker's replacement on A Question Of Sport on Thursday (pictured on Saturday)

The deal with that says she received the career! Ex England footballer Alex Scott was confirmed as Sue Barker’s alternative on A Dilemma Of Activity on Thursday (pictured on Saturday)

Family: Alex, pictured with her mother, Carol in March 2019, is of Irish and Jamaican descent

Household: Alex, pictured with her mom, Carol in March 2019, is of Irish and Jamaican descent 

In an interview with the Guardian in 2018, Scott specific the abuse she was subjected to. She explained: ‘The responses had been like: ‘I know wherever you dwell. I’m heading to arrive and throw acid in your face. I’m likely to rape you.”

Whilst she claims she’s realized to disregard the responses, she suggests looking at how ‘it upsets my mum is challenging.’

The previous Arsenal suitable-back again, who was born in Wembley and taken on by the London club at the age of just 8, said it ‘blows my mind’ when younger ladies hail her as an inspiration.

In 2008, Scott moved to US aspect Boston Breakers for two years right before returning to Arsenal, main her workforce to an FA Cup victory as Captain. 

She played her final recreation in 2018, and finished her profession as the 2nd most capped England participant with 140 appearances, enjoying in three Environment Cups. 

In 2011 she started the Alex Scott Academy for female footballers aged 16-19.

Talking past 12 months, she explained she did not have any feminine footballers to seem up to when she was a child, and instead idolised her mother Carol McKee and Arsenal legend Ian Wright. 

Touching on the rising popularity in women’s football, she instructed The Sunshine on Sunday, ‘I enjoy the actuality women have much more visibility now. Not just throughout activity, in all industries.’

Speaking to Hi! journal along with her Strictly partner past 12 months, Alex informed the journal she was solitary and pleased. 

She extra: ‘I’m solitary but it is really not like I will need to come across anyone. I like matters to come about organically and if someone comes into my life and we get on, then wonderful. It can be not like I want to go looking for it.’

Considering the fact that mounting to the best of her sport in soccer, together with participating in for England’s Lionesses 140 occasions, Scott went on to come to be the 1st female pundit for men’s Premier League video games on Sky Sports activities. 

The former Arsenal right-back was taken on by the London club at the age of just 8

The previous Arsenal right-back again was taken on by the London club at the age of just 8

In 2018, Scott travelled to Russia along with Rio Ferdinand to meet up with Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

The pair and a host of other ‘world soccer legends’ – which include Peter Schmeichel and Lothar Matthaus – liked tea and cake with the Russian president just before gifting him a football shirt emblazoned with his name. 

Talking in 2019, she built apparent her ambition to seem on primary time Television when she reported she would far more than happily ‘put my title in the hat’ should Gary Lineker make your mind up he’s ‘had enough’ of fronting Match of the Working day. 

But it hasn’t been simple sailing – in discussion with Watford captain Troy Deeney as aspect of the Heads Up marketing campaign concentrating on mental health and fitness, the 35-yr-old uncovered the extent to which the on the net ‘trolling’ influenced her.

‘When I retired, finding trolled, I found that I was turning to drink to check out and hide everything, cover what I was feeling,’ she explained.

‘I did not notify any individual, I failed to convey to my mum since I didn’t want her to be concerned or put that worry on her. I was just that particular person (who thought) ‘I can look following myself, I can offer with stuff’ but obviously from time to time that is the improper way.

‘I got to a dim place and it was around Xmas, which is when I was like ‘I can’t have on like this, it truly is not me, I require to find help’ and that led me into treatment.

‘I want to consider that stigma away from it. Now when I chat about mental wellbeing, straight absent I am smiling since I know what it is done for me to go away that position. I am content material.

‘I’m happy, and I’ve utilized the applications that I’ve realized to be in that put.’

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror previous yr, she claimed: ‘I had all of it — for staying a woman on Television, for becoming a female of ­colour on Television, that I am ticking a box, loss of life threats.

‘I experienced the large amount. But I’m however standing. All the time I imagined, ‘No, I am excellent at my job’. That is why I did my diploma, so no a single can ever say I’m just there mainly because I’m a tick in a box.’

Alex and Neil ended up removed on week 11 of Strictly, and the footballer’s stint on the show noticed her dance together with Kevin Clifton for two months just after her dance companion had to pull out temporarily for the reason that of an injury.

Changes: Sue, 64, has been axed from the BBC show, alongside team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right)

Alterations: Sue, 64, has been axed from the BBC display, along with team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (ideal)

Scott has visitor-starred on A Dilemma Of Sport twice, with a person occasion staying aired in November 2016.

During the episode she appeared alongside Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, England cricketer Mark Wood and Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg.

Throughout her athletic job, Scott has represented Terrific Britain at the London 2012 Olympics and was awarded an MBE in 2016 as effectively as scoring 12 goals for England.

Following retiring from football in 2017 she went on to be the initially female pundit on Sky Sport’s Tremendous Sunday display.

Scott has a great deal of presenting expertise as she has also co-presented CBBC’s Match of the Day Kickabout and BBC One’s The Women’s Soccer Clearly show.

Final year, she appeared on Strictly Occur Dancing and was partnered with professional dancer Neil Jones. 

On screen: Alex previously appeared on A Question Of Sport in 2016 alongside Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg (pictured during the show)

On display screen: Alex formerly appeared on A Question Of Sport in 2016 alongside Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg (pictured throughout the clearly show)

Gary Lineker, 59, introduced the information on Twitter on Thursday, but was accused of ‘race-baiting’ when he penned: ‘Congratulations and great luck to @AlexScott on being the new host for Question Of Activity.

‘Smart, professional and completely competent for the position. Oh… and if you have a difficulty with Alex getting the work, you may possibly just be portion of the dilemma.’ 

An insider advised The Sun that Alex was ‘lined up’ as Sue’s replacement for the reason that she has loads of sporting awareness and working experience.

They claimed: ‘Like Sue, she’s a previous sportswoman and she also has five many years of broadcasting below her belt.

‘This has very little to do with gender, nor is it a circumstance of the BBC attempting to be woke.

The supply also described how Alex had amazed BBC bosses when she appeared on the show in the previous.  

It arrives right after Barker, who will keep on as the corporation’s deal with of Wimbledon, advised of her disappointment at obtaining to depart the show soon after 24 decades.

She claimed that the BBC had to remove her from A Dilemma Of Activity as she would never have remaining her aspiration task voluntarily.

She advised Sportsmail on Sunday: ‘I enjoy the show so significantly they would have to get rid of me, it would have been tough for me to stroll absent.

‘I’ve absolutely cherished my 24 many years fronting A Problem Of Activity, it can be been my aspiration career,’ she said.

‘But I comprehend the BBC want to choose the clearly show in a new way and I’m unhappy to say goodbye.’

Barker will keep on with presenting responsibilities for the future two summers at Wimbledon, getting signed a 3-year offer previous 12 months.

Sportsmail understands she signed a new 3-year deal very last year to have her by way of till at minimum 2022, some thing that will occur as a reduction to lots of viewers.

The determination to axe Barker sparked fury from critics who accused the BBC of ageism, like previous BBC radio and Television presenter Wendy Austin who tweeted: ‘No ageism/sexism in the BBC then…

Ex-newsreader Jennie Bond told GMB: ‘Sue will be hurting this early morning. You are unable to do just about anything about your age and there is a pressure on television, especially for women, to glimpse youthful.’ 

Ex-Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas was also said to be in the working to turn out to be just one of the new workforce captains.