Ellen White becomes England’s all-time top goalscorer as Lionesses hit 20 on record-breaking night

Ellen White broke England’s goal-scoring record with a hat-trick in a 20-0 win over Latvia – a record-breaking goal for an England national team – in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Manchester City striker now has 48 international goals, surpassing Kelly Smith’s record of 46, while Leo broke the previous record of 13 goals in a single game.

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White scored two goals within 10 minutes to break the record and Beth Mead added two goals on either side of her teammate as England advanced 4-0 before the quarter-hour mark.

Med completed a hat-trick in the 23rd minute, while Lauren May Hemp added two goals in each half and Ella Tone scored late in the first half as England led 8-0 in the first half.

England picked up where they left off in the second half as White netted her third goal shortly after the start of the second half to complete their record-breaking day with a hat-trick.

Georgia Stanway scored from the penalty spot before Jessica Carter and Bethany England scored their goals to extend England’s lead to 12-0.

Jill Scott, Alicia Russo – with the hat-trick – and Jordan Nobbs all scored as the second half progressed to reach England’s final score.

The English men’s team scored 13 goals against Ireland in 1882, while the women’s team did the same against Hungary in 2005, but those records were shattered on Tuesday night.

White scored her goal on her England debut in 2010, and made her 100th appearance for the national team against Austria on Saturday.

The 32-year-old scored six goals in the 2019 World Cup, shared the tournament’s Golden Boot award with US forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, and was also shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

The striker represented England in three World Cup finals, and also scored in the 2011 tournament in Germany.

She also scored six times for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics this summer and was named England’s Women’s Player of the Year for 2020-2021. This was the third time she had won the award, after also receiving the award in 2011 and 2018.

White previously represented Arsenal, Notts County and Birmingham in the Women’s Super League.

She reached 50 goals in the Women’s Football League last season and was the league’s top scorer in the 2017-18 season.


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