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White: I love the SheBelieves Cup!

White: I love the SheBelieves Cup!
Ellen White says she cannot wait to jump into SheBelieves Cup action again with England.

The forward is one of eight City stars to have been selected in Phil Neville’s Lionesses side, who will look to retain the trophy having lifted the silverware for the first time in 2019.

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England lock horns with World Champions the USA, Japan and Spain in the States over the coming weeks – and White is relishing the opportunity.

The striker – the country’s all-time leading female World Cup goalscorer – heads into the competition in ‘White-hot’ form, with nine goals in her 18 appearances for City in her debut season.

“I love the SheBelieves!” she declared. “It’s an amazing tournament to be involved in.

“To be going back as reigning Champions is exciting for us and another prospect with a different team in it as well.

“Every game is tough and there’s a lot of travelling, moving around and facing top teams.

“It’s almost a major tournament in itself and it’s exciting for us. The fans are amazing and the games are incredible.

“There’s a chance to change systems and try different things. Everyone’s really looking forward to it.”

With 89 caps to her name since making her senior England debut in March 2010, White is no stranger to the switch between Club and country duties.

Although she admits the differences of national action can present challenges, the 30-year-old asserts the downsides are heavily eclipsed by the honour of donning the Lionesses shirt.

“It can be tough,” she conceded. “but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“I’m in a very privileged position to be a professional footballer – to play for your country is a dream.

“Admittedly, there is a lot of downtime, especially at the World Cup. You train for two hours so there are a lot of hours to fill within a day.

“It can be draining so you have to fill the day somehow – relaxing, recovering, analysing, getting massages, eating the right things, going out and seeing family; getting away from football.

“You have to be mentally prepared for the next game, which comes around quickly with games coming thick and fast. At times, you can be back in a day later.

“It’s tough but incredible to be in major tournaments. It’s going to be challenging but it’s great for the fans and everyone involved.”

With the best talents from across the league gathering to represent Neville’s side, White also explained how the team dynamic operates with title rivals uniting to represent their country.

“We just won’t talk to them!” she joked. “But seriously, we’re good at switching to international focus, and Phil helps a lot with that.

“It can be hard to switch but we’ve quickly learned and developed to be able to put that to one side and become England – a team – again.”

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