Ellen White’s brace against Norway on Monday put her close to one of England’s all-time goalscoring records.
With her 51st and 52nd international goals, she came close to beating men’s captain Harry Kane, beating the record held since 2015 by Wayne Rooney, who retired at 53.
Here, the PA news agency looks at White’s international career.
White stormed past Kelly Smith’s Lionesses record of 46 goals earlier this year with 22 goals in 24 games – no easy feat for a player who admits she “screams” inside when she sees a goal.
She told her England teammate Jill Scott’s Coffee Club podcast in April: “You can probably see how excited I get when I score. I always look pretty shocked, which I am – you want to be in my head, when I’m close to a goal I’m screaming in my head.”
After scoring on her debut against Austria in 2010, White scored 17 goals in her first 26 caps through the end of 2013 before being eliminated from the team and experiencing a goal drought.
Her goals in back-to-back EURO qualifiers against Serbia in June 2016 were her first for England in almost three years but prompted a major return to form.
White scored six as England reached a World Cup semi-final for the second consecutive year in 2019 and had a potentially crucial seventh-place finish disallowed by VAR in that loss to the United States.
Her prolific form continued through the 2020 SheBelieves Cup and ongoing World Cup qualifiers, where she scored 10 goals in eight games, including a hat-trick against Latvia and doubles against North Macedonia and Luxembourg.
She went on to go four internationals without scoring but ended that streak in style as they defeated Norway 8-0 in a stunning performance and her next goal will see her join Rooney’s side.
Although not part of her England total, she did score six goals for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics and two more in a friendly.
Record threatens big
Rooney has scored 53 goals for England, with White now certain to beat Kane to that milestone as Sarina Wiegman’s side are promised at least two more games and up to four at Euro 2022 before the men’s side play again.
White’s 50th goal came against North Macedonia in her 105th cap, two goals shy of Rooney to reach the milestone and she now has 52 from 110 – just as fast as Rooney, who scored in his 110th cap against Australia. He added another in his next 10 appearances, in the stunning Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland.
The humble white told ITV Sport after her 50th goal, which put her ahead of Kane and Sir Bobby Charlton and just behind Rooney: “It’s an incredible feeling to be amongst these great players, it’s really nice.”
She may soon have to get used to seeing her name at the top of the illustrious list.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ellen-white-england-wayne-rooney-harry-kane-bobby-charlton-b2121513.html A look at Ellen White’s international career as she nears England’s record