For the inevitable sceptics, perhaps the first thing to say is, yes, Alex Scott — who has been named as the first full-time female host of Football Focus — most certainly did play at the very highest level. She won 140 England caps. She was part of 21 trophy-winning teams at Arsenal. And she played in four European Championships, three World Cups and an Olympic Games. That is 140 England caps, 21 trophies, four European Championships, three World Cups and an Olympic Games more than the three men - Dan Walker, Manish Bhasin and Ray Stubbs - who have presented BBC’s Football Focus so far this century. But, of course, playing experience should always only be a potentially-useful extra for any presenting role. Football knowledge. An engaging personality. An ability to extract insight and information from your guests. And a drive to sometimes go beyond football’s shiny veneer in asking searching questions. These all matter most and, since her retirement three years ago, Scott has consistently demonstrated her credentials under a spotlight that has been never less than dazzling. Her contributions at Russia 2018, where she became the first female pundit to cover a men’s World Cup, can even be argued to have changed her profession. Well aware, no doubt, that any mistake would be seized upon by the unforgiving world of social media, she was meticulous in her preparation. Scott’s first match was France v Australia and, as she launched into a detailed half-time tactical appreciation of the French full-backs - Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez - something unexpected happened. Social media was awash with fans relishing the insight and wondering why some of her male counterparts got away with such transparently minimal research. Those who know Scott were hardly surprised. From playing football as a tiny child with older boys in an enclosed ‘cage’ facility adjacent to the council estate where she was brought up by her mother in East London, Scott always ensured her talent and determination overcame gender stereotypes. Her first big break came at the age of eight, when she replaced a boy who dropped out of her brother’s team before a tournament, and was noticed by Arsenal. For most of the next 26 years, she was integral to an Arsenal team that changed women’s football en route to become the UK’s only European Cup-winning club.