Ellen White surpassed the previous goal record set by England and the great Kelly Smith of Arsenal
Ellen White became the Lions’ top scorer when England crushed Latvia to record their biggest competitive victory.
White, 32, broke Kelly Smith’s record of 46 and his hat-trick means he now has 48 goals in 101 appearances with England.
The Manchester City striker needed just nine minutes to break the record, running towards the corner flag with his arms outstretched before slipping on the ground and tightening his shirt after doing so.
White’s teammates also sprinted to celebrate and applauded as they took their positions for recovery when the new record was announced for the Keepmoat Stadium speaker.
It was a night of celebrations everywhere as Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp scored four, her first goals for an England shirt, while Arsenal’s Beth Mead and Manchester United’s Alessia Russo scored. tricks.
Jess Carter scored her first international goal, Manchester United’s Katie Zelem made her debut and center-back Millie Bright captained the team at home to her first club.
In total there were 10 different English thrashings: Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway, Bethany England, Jill Scott and Jordan Nobbs completed the defeat.
Victory meant the end of an interrupted 2021 for England, but it was the perfect way to culminate an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign under the direction of Sarina Wiegman so far.
England remain at the top of their World Cup qualifying group with six wins in six games, after scoring 53 unanswered goals.
Their 20-0 victory surpassed their previous competitive victory record, a 13-0 success against Hungary in 2005.
“You want competitive games and these are not competitive games,” Wiegman said later.
“In all countries we want to develop women’s play, but I don’t think it’s good that the results are so high. I know it has the attention of the federations and I think that’s good, because I don’t think the 20-0 be.good for the development of any.
“We really need some top – notch games now that we have [next year] because then we will really know where we are. “
Standing ovation for emotional White
Ellen White fell to the ground in celebration after scoring her second record goal
Latvia is 94 places below England in the world rankings and after beating them 10-0 last month, it was never expected to be a competition at Doncaster.
All the focus before the game was around White’s search for the scoring record and didn’t make the fans wait long.
Such was the cruelty of England’s first 23 minutes that the scoreboard operator was overwhelmed by the action and showed the score as 6-0 while it was still only 5-0, before Mead secured that the goals came on the scoreboard.
The damage had been done in those early stages, ensuring that a carnival atmosphere was created at the Keepmoat with drums, Mexican waves and countless flags in the stands.
The greatest joy, not surprisingly, came when White broke the record: the visibly emotional striker took a moment to close her eyes and grab her as she grabbed the badge of her T-shirt.
She was greeted on the sidelines by City friend and teammate Scott as she headed down the tunnel for the break, before being congratulated by other substitutes Fran Kirby and Demi Stokes.
In the space of three days, White has become a lioness centurion, her goal-scoring record and a hat-trick hero.
He will not forget this week soon and rightly received a standing ovation when he was replaced early in the second half.
The full-time scenes were just as memorable. Four match balls were taken for the quartet that scored three or more goals and White said he then tried to throw his mother in the stands to hold on.
Instead, he threw her ahead while joining the rest of the England team in a lap of honor.