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White: I’m proud to break England record, but I’m not stopping here!

Ellen White has expressed her personal pride at breaking Kelly Smith’s record as England’s leading scorer but insists there’s more to come.

The City forward took her personal tally to 48 goals in 101 appearances for the Lionesses, surpassing her former Arsenal teammates’ record with a hat-trick against Latvia at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

It was fitting that her second goal, which saw her move ahead of Smith inside nine minutes of kick-off, was set up by City teammate Georgia Stanway as England coasted to a record-breaking 20-0 World Cup qualifying win.

But while the feeling of reaching such an historic milestone hasn’t quite sunk in for White just yet, she insisted that there’s more to come from her at international level.

“I’d have said you’re having a laugh (if you’d asked my younger self!),” she reflected.

“It’s incredible, I feel really lucky. I’ve had amazing support from my family, friends, coaches, teammates, staff but I’m not stopping here.

“I still want to keep going and score goals for England. I feel really proud.”


It was a record-breaking night all round for Sarina Wiegman’s side, who also recorded the largest ever margin of victory by an England side.

Incredibly, our City stars were involved in nine goals and twelve assists across the 90 minutes, with Lauren Hemp grabbing her first four goals for the Lionesses in the process.

And while White was delighted to get over the line in terms of her own personal milestone, she was equally pleased for the likes of Hemp to get off the mark.

She said: “I feel really emotional about it, it’s been spoken about for a long time and I feel very proud obviously.

“But I also feel proud of the girls, we’ve got some scoring their first goals for England and the pride I feel for them (is immense).

“I love scoring, but seeing them score, they’re coming through now so I feel really proud.”

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