White scores England’s 50th goal as Lionesses hit ten


Ellen White made England history once again by scoring her 50th goal for the Lionesses in the 10-0 loss to North Macedonia on Friday night.

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The City striker, who became her country’s all-time leading scorer in November, hit the milestone with the fourth goal of the night in Skopje, closing in on Wayne Rooney’s overall record of 53.

The 32-year-old was one of six City stars to start the World Cup qualifiers at the Toshe Proeski Arena, alongside Demi Stokes, Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh (turning 25), Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp.

Jill Scott, currently on loan at Aston Villa, was introduced on the hour mark, while Ellie Roebuck was also named on the bench.


Stanway was also on the scoresheet, scoring a brace with a goal in each half, while Beth Mead scored four and Ella Toone also scored a hat-trick.

Reflecting on another historic achievement, White expressed pride but still remained humble.

“It’s a huge privilege,” she said. “It’s a dream for me to play for England. For me, it’s about doing everything I can to contribute to the team.

“I’m delighted to be on the scoresheet. The overall performance was really nice and also scored ten goals.

“The standards we are aiming for are really high and we wanted those three points.”

With 124 places between two teams in the standings and an 8-0 win for England in the second leg, the one-sided scoreline came as no surprise and the Lionesses opened the scoring within five minutes. after Stanway and White got closer, as Hemp drilled a cross which was crushed by Mead at the back post.

The Arsenal striker doubled his personal tally with a chip from a sharp angle, and White was inches away from deflecting a Stanway effort on target before then heading for the crossbar.

Toone made it three, driving into the bottom corner, while Hemp drilled just wide and saw a header saved by Viktorija Panchurova.

White then powered home a Toone delivery for his half-century and Stanway converted Hemp’s cutback a minute before the break to give the Lionesses another decisive lead.

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Mead completed his hat trick within two minutes of the restart, picking up another Hemp delivery and past the goalie, and converted his fourth shortly after the rebound from Hemp’s weak attempt.

Stanway scored her second with a smart turn and a well-placed low finish before being replaced by Scott in the 60th minute, alongside Hemp.

Bronze then had the misfortune to see a header bounce in her last major action before she, Walsh and White were also knocked out with 20 minutes left.


Toone then reduced Mead’s soft pass at home for the ninth and completed his hat-trick minutes later, continuing England’s run of ten goals in each of our away matches.

Sarina Wiegman’s side currently boast a 100% record in Group D of European World Cup qualifiers after seven games, leading with 63 goals scored.

The Lionesses will be next in action at Windsor Park on Tuesday April 12 where they take on Northern Ireland in a 7.55pm kick-off.

Elsewhere, Jess Park completed an hour-goal goalless draw for the England Under-23s in the first of the Young Lionesses’ double header with the Netherlands, while Alanna Kennedy netted an assist for the Australia in their last 2-1 victory against New Zealand.

Two stoppage time goals helped the side of Kennedy and Hayley Raso win the first match of their international friendly series.

The City duo both started for the Matildas in Townsville, with Raso almost giving the hosts an early lead when she forced a fine save from Victoria Esson.

But it was New Zealand who took the lead, when Anna Green found the net just after the half hour mark.

Australia kept pushing to get back into the game and were eventually rewarded with a dramatic end to proceedings.

First, Emily van Egmond grabbed an equalizer deep in stoppage time, before Kennedy put in Chelsea striker Sam Kerr in the 94th minute to turn the game around.

The two sides, who will co-host the upcoming 2023 World Cup, will face off in Canberra for the final match of their mini-series on Tuesday, April 12.


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