Ellen White scores 50th goal for England as Lionesses put ten past woeful North Macedonia

North Macedonia 0 England 10

Ellen White became the first woman to score 50 goals for England and moved within three of Wayne Rooney’s all-time England record for men’s or women’s players as the Lionesses coasted past minnows North Macedonia to ever move close to qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

It was always going to be a question of ‘how many?’ for unbeaten group leaders England, against an amateur North Macedonia side ranked 124 places below the Lionesses at 132nd in the world, and Sarina Wiegman’s near-full-strength side predictably hit double figures for the fourth time in their seven Women’s World Cup qualifiers of this campaign so far.

Arsenal’s Beth Mead struck four times, Manchester United’s Ella Toone netted her second senior international hat-trick and Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway got on the scoresheet twice, but it was central striker White who recorded a moment of history as she reached her half century of England goals as she leapt high to head home Ella Toone’s hanging cross.

It moved the 32-year-old into outright second overall in England’s all-time goalscorer standings, ahead of Harry Kane and Sir Bobby Charlton – both with 49 – and further clear in the England women standings, after leapfrogging former record holder and retired Arsenal legend Kelly Smith’s 46 in November.

White, who reached 50 goals in her 105th cap, preferred to discuss the team after the game, saying: “It’s an incredible feeling to be amongst those players. It’s a massive privilege, it’s a dream for me to play for England, but for me it’s about any way I can contribute to the team.Our overall performance was really pleasing, to score that amount of goals [10] and our standards remain really high.”

Wiegman felt her side showed they are connecting better than when they beat North Macedonia 8-0 in September’s reverse fixture, which her first game in charge, and added: “At some times we should have been a little bit more patient, the timing of some of the runs could be better, but still, if you score 10 goals, it’s a good result. The way we want to play comes across. We were happy with the 10 goals.”

England’s route moved them onto an emphatic 63 goals from their seven games in this qualifying campaign so far, as they won exactly 10-0 for the third away game out of three after previous trips to Luxembourg and Latvia. They are five points clear at the top of the table ahead of Austria, who were 3-1 winners on Friday against third-placed Northern Ireland, who England face next on Tuesday.

match details

North Macedonia (5-4-1): Panchurov 5; Boseska 5, Petrovska 4 (Stojkovska 5, 55), Nikolovska 5 (Petrushevska 5, 80), Joshevska 4, Velkova 3; Jakovska 4, Mustafa 5 (Shemsovikj 4, 45), Andonova 4 (Markovska 4, 75), Maksuti 5, Rochi 4 (Saliihi 5, 54)
Subs not used: Veleska, Gjorgjevska, Samardzievska, Nikolova, Choneva, Pavlovska
Yellow cards: Rochi, Saliihi, Maksuti, Velkova, Markovska

England (4-3-3): Hampton 6; Bronze 7 (Daly 6, 71), Bright 6, Carter 6, Stokes 7; Stanway 8 (Scott 6, 61), Walsh 9 (Zelem 6, 71), Toone 8; Mead 9, White 6, (Russo 6, 71) Hemp 8 (Parris 7, 60)
Subs not used: Earps (gk), George, Nobbs, Roebuck (gk)
Yellow cards: None

Referee: Vivian Peeters (Netherlands)


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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