England Beat Latvia 20-0 In Women World Cup Qualifier

By Daily Sports on December 1, 2021

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Ellen White became the Lionesses’ record goalscorer as England overwhelmed Latvia to record their biggest-ever competitive victory.

White, 32, surpassed Kelly’s Smith record of 46 and her hat-trick means she now has 48 goals in 101 appearances for England. The Manchester City striker needed just nine minutes to break the record, running to the corner flag with her arms outstretched before sliding to the ground and clenching her shirt after doing so.

White’s team-mates sprinted across to celebrate too and applauded as they took their positions for the retake when the new record was announced over the speaker at the Keepmoat Stadium. It was a night of celebrations all round as Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp scored four – her first goals in an England shirt – while Arsenal’s Beth Mead and Manchester United’s Alessia Russo bagged hat-tricks.

Jess Carter scored her first international goal, Manchester United’s Katie Zelem made her debut and centre-back Millie Bright captained the side at the home of her first club.

In total there were 10 different England goalscorers – Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway, Bethany England, Jill Scott and Jordan Nobbs completing the rout. The victory signified an end to a disrupted 2021 for England but was the perfect way to cap off an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign under manager Sarina Wiegman so far.

England remain top of their World Cup qualifying group with six wins in six games, having scored 53 goals without reply. Their 20-0 victory surpassed their previous record competitive win, a 13-0 success against Hungary back in 2005.

“You want competitive games and these are not competitive games,” Wiegman said afterwards.

“In every country you want to develop the women’s game but I don’t think it’s good that the scores are so high. I know it has the attention of the federations and I think that’s good as I don't think 20-0 is good for the development of anyone.

“We really need some top-level games now which we’re going to have [next year] because then we’ll really know where we are.” (BBC)

•PHOTO: England’s White

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 1, 2021


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