The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulated Ellen White on her historic career, while Beth Mead celebrated her ‘hero’ after England’s all-time leading scorer for women announced her retirement at the age of 33.
After scoring two goals for the Lionesses en route to her success at the Women’s Championship this summer, White ended her career with England and Manchester City.
She has hung up her boots with 52 goals for England, one short of Wayne Rooney’s record for all England senior teams.
A post from Twitter account @KensingtonRoyal on Monday night read: “Congratulations on your record-breaking, history-making career @ellsbells89.”
Mead, who won the golden boot and trophy player of the tournament at Euro 2022, also took to Twitter following White’s announcement.
“Words cannot describe how proud and happy I am to have called you a teammate but also a friend. The greatest pro & goalscorer. The game didn’t deserve you, but you are greatly missed. @ellsbells89 my hero,” she wrote.
Euro 2022 winners Rachel Daly and Lotte Wubben-Moy were also quick to praise White’s contribution to the game.
Daly tweeted: “The absolute best of the best. Thanks Ellen You are really (unique). I’m so excited for your future and so proud of everything you’ve accomplished,” while Lotte Wubben-Moy simply posted, “Ellen White. Legend. Many Thanks.”
Caroline Weir, a former White City team-mate whose goal for Real Madrid saw the Blues tumble from Champions League qualifying, tweeted: “It was a pleasure @ellsbells89. What a legend.”
Goalkeepers Siobhan Chamberlain and Carly Telford also marked the retirement of their former England team-mate.
Chamberlain wrote: “Congratulations on an incredible career,” while Telford posted: “What a legend, what a player but most of all what a person!! It was amazing sharing so much of your journey with you. Can’t wait to see what’s next @ellsbells89 happy retirement my friend #TheBest.
Figures from the England men’s team also praised White, with captain Harry Kane leading the applause.
“Congratulations on a great career @ellsbells89 and what a graduation! A true inspiration for the next generation of @Lionesses,” he wrote.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker added: “A wonderful career and a fabulous goalscorer. Wish @ellsbells89 all the best for what’s next.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ellen-white-beth-mead-cambridge-harry-kane-england-b2150324.html Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honor Ellen White’s retirement