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Selfless White ready for World Cup sacrifice

GOAL-GETTER: Ellen White is amongst the World Cup's top scorers.

GOAL-GETTER: Ellen White is amongst the World Cup's top scorers.

Ellen White is uninterested in personal accolades as she bids to help England lift the Women’s World Cup.

Four goals from Manchester City’s new signing have propelled the Lionesses to the quarter-finals and the 30-year-old into contention for the Golden Boot.

She sits third on the list and in the illustrious company of Australia’s Sam Kerr and the United States’ Alex Morgan, but White would gladly trade all her goals for a World Cup winners’ medal.

“I’m trying not to think about it [Golden Boot] too much, but a lot of people keep mentioning it to me,” said the Aylesbury-born striker, whose game is as much about a tireless work-rate as it is about hitting the back of the net.

“For me, that’s not my priority. My priority is to contribute in any way I can on the pitch or off the pitch and that’s what I’m focusing on.

“I want the team to win and that’s the priority. I would give up everything for us to win the World Cup, there is now shadow of a doubt.”

White, who was speaking to BBC Sport ahead of the last eight clash with Norway on Thursday, revealed it’s not only goals she’d be willing to sacrifice in France.

Sleep is also proving hard to come by.

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‘Horrendous’ is how she describes her bid to get some rest, particularly when fuelled by the incomparable rush of adrenaline strikers get from scoring goals.

“My room-mate is Steph [Houghton], so we’ve sat up and watched Love Island for quite a while and then I’ll be on my iPad watching Greys Anatomy,” White explained.

“It’s tough to wind down and you don’t get many hours sleep playing so late. It’s quite hard to settle down and get to sleep but I wouldn’t change it for the world."

With White’s goals has come her much-talked about ‘spectacles’ celebration, which has caught the imagination of young fans across the country.

Inspiring the next generation has been a central theme of the Lionesses’ journey and the City striker says it’s a dream come true to see her goals having such an impact on young girls and boys.

“It’s unbelievable,” she added.

“It puts a smile on my face knowing that kids are enjoying football and doing a celebration that’s really fun.

“You probably saw in the Cameroon game that Steph was doing it too, for a laugh.

“For me, it’s about having fun and doing something with a smile on your face and if kids are joining in and doing that, that’s the dream for me.”

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