Ellen White England's record goalscorer after 20-goal demolition of Latvia

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Ellen White England's record goalscorer after 20-goal demolition of Latvia - PA
Ellen White England's record goalscorer after 20-goal demolition of Latvia - PA
  • England record biggest-ever win with 20-0 victory over under-strength Latvia

  • Ellen White breaks Kelly Smith's England record with hat-trick

  • Lauren Hemp, Beth Mead and Alessia Russo also score hat-tricks

Ellen White said she is "not stopping now" after becoming England Women’s all-time record goalscorer as she scored a hat-trick in the Lionesses’ relentless 20-0 hammering of part-timers Latvia.

The remarkable result also set a new record for the Lionesses’ biggest margin of victory, surpassing their 13-0 win over Hungary from October 27, 2005, and at times the gulf between the two sides at the Keepmoat Stadium was frankly ridiculous.

Lauren Hemp scored four times and Beth Mead and substitute Alessia Russo also both scored hat-tricks for unstoppable England, who look increasingly certain to qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in style.

White started the night just one goal behind Kelly Smith’s previous record of 46 senior England goals but a flurry of early goals saw the Manchester City striker move level with the Arsenal legend inside six minutes, before overtaking her three minutes later.

After England reached half-time 8-0 up, history-maker White fired in her third of the night to move level on 48 senior England goals with Gary Lineker and Harry Kane, with only Bobby Charlton (49 goals) and Wayne Rooney (53) ahead of her in terms of goals for the men's national side. The 32-year-old was then substituted to warm applause all around the ground.

Ellen White of England Women celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-0 and break the all time England International goals record - Getty Images
Ellen White of England Women celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-0 and break the all time England International goals record - Getty Images

"It was very emotional on the pitch," White said. "I feel very proud to represent my country. But it was all about the team tonight. I don’t know if you could see it in my face when [everyone else] scored but I feel so lucky to be surrounded by them. They know how much it means to me. It’s a dream to be playing alongside such supremely talented players."

Asked what comes next, White replied: "I’m not stopping now. I love playing for England and hopefully we can do something really special together."

The home side's goalscoring didn't stop there. The victory - which in truth felt assured long before kick-off - was England’s sixth from six games under Dutch head coach Sarina Wiegman, maintaining their 100 per cent start to their qualifying campaign for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

They won 10-0 in Latvia in October's reverse fixture, when the minnows ranked 102nd in the Fifa world rankings had a slightly stronger side out. Several of their more experienced players were unable to travel to Tuesday's game in Doncaster because of their day jobs, with the vast majority of the squad training only on a part-time basis.

Nonetheless, Wiegman had said before the game that she wanted her side to be “ruthless”, and that they certainly were, as they maintained an impressive and unforgiving intensity throughout the 90 minutes.

Beth Mead of England celebrates with Ellen White after scoring their side's sixth goal and their hat-trick  - Getty Images
Beth Mead of England celebrates with Ellen White after scoring their side's sixth goal and their hat-trick - Getty Images

Arsenal forward Mead opened the floodgates after just two minutes, but not before defender Alex Greenwood had struck the crossbar from a cracking effort from long range.

Many of the delighted crowd missed England’s first few goals, amid reports of awful, heavy traffic around the stadium. Some fans had still not reached the ground at half-time, but thankfully they still saw plenty of entertainment in the second half.

Georgia Stanway provided six assists and was excellent, and fully deserved her goal from the penalty spot in the second half. Manchester United’s Ella Toone, Chelsea defender Jess Carter, Manchester City midfielder Scott 67 and Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs also got on the scoresheet, while Chelsea forward Beth England betted twice, ahead of Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup final.

England's Alessia Russo with a match ball after the Women's FIFA World Cup Qualifying - PA
England's Alessia Russo with a match ball after the Women's FIFA World Cup Qualifying - PA

That mouth-watering club contest was partly why some key stars like Nikita Parris and Fran Kirby were given a rest by Wiegman, but the former Holland coach still started six players who have started every match of her reign so far. Goalkeeper Mary Earps had virtually nothing to do, while Millie Bright, Greenwood, Toone, Hemp and White also continued their runs in Wiegman’s starting side, as the 2017 European Championship-winning coach’s side starts to take shape.

The Lionesses remain five points clear at the top of their group, but this result will again bring many to question the existing European format for qualifying for the World Cup. Wiegman said: "We have to look at it, I’ve said that before.

"We want to develop women's football in every country. I know they [Fifa & Uefa] are looking at it and it's good that the [format] is being looked at, because I don’t think 20-0 is good for the development of anyone."

Match details

England (3-5-2): Earps 6; Bright 7 (Carter 7, 45), Wubben-Moy 7, Greenwood 7; Mead 8, Stanway 10 (Scott, 7, 60), Walsh 8 (Zelem, 71), Toone 6 (Nobbs 8, 45), Hemp 10; England 8, White 9 (Russo 9, 60).
Subs not used: MacIver (gk), Hampton (gk), Charles, Kirby, Daly, Stokes, Zelem.
Goals: Mead (3, 12, 23), White (6, 9, 49), Hemp (18, 44, 76, 88), Toone (42), Stanway (52, pen), Carter (56), England (61, 84), Scott (67), Russo (71, 81, 82), Nobbs (80).
Latvia (4-2-3-1): Sinutkina 4 (Skjemenova 45); Voitane 4, Gergelezlu 5, Lubina 4, Tumane 4; Gornela 4, Gaike 5 (Vitmore 4, 45); Zaicikova 3, Baliceva 3 (Gricijenko 5, 85), Senberga 3 (Vengrevica, 68); Freidenfelde 4 (Skribina 3, 56).
Subs not used: Lindermane (gk), Lodzina, Rozascenoka, Smirnova, Brahmane.
Booked: Tumane.
Referee: Veronika Kovarova (Czech Republic).
Attendance: 10,402.

England vs Latvia, as it happened

09:19 PM

Ellen White on breaking the record

"I feel very emotional about [breaking the record.] It's been spoken about for a long time.

"I feel really proud of the girls, we've got some of the girls that have scored their first goal for England. I love scoring for England so seeing them score - they're coming through now - so I feel really proud.

"It's incredible. I feel really lucky, I've had amazing support from my family, my friends, coaches, teammates and staff. But I'm not stopping here, I want to keep going - I want to score goals for England."

08:59 PM

History-maker

08:49 PM

FT: England 20 Latvia 0

England record their biggest-ever win and Ellen White became their all-time leading goalscorer with a hat-trick. Beth Mead, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo also scored hat-tricks. They doubled their 10-goal haul from the return fixture.

08:47 PM

Three minutes off added time to play

Is there time for one more for England?

08:45 PM

GOAL! Lauren Hemp scores her fourth

The youngster was yet to score for England before this game but she finished from close-range after Latvia failed to clear the corner. England have racked up a score of goals.

08:43 PM

87 minutes: England 19 Latvia 0

Hemp very nearly poked in her fourth goal of the evening, but England have another corner. Scott wins the first header, and Latvia fail to clear...

08:42 PM

England's Alessia Russo scored a hat-trick from the bench

England's Alessia Russo scores their side's fourteenth goal of the game during the Women's FIFA World Cup Qualifying  - PA
England's Alessia Russo scores their side's fourteenth goal of the game during the Women's FIFA World Cup Qualifying - PA

08:40 PM

GOAL! Beth England scores her second

She could have had several more on the evening, but her slightly sliced shot from the edge of the area flies into the back of the net. England have 19 with minutes to go.

08:39 PM

83 minutes: England 18 Latvia 0

This will be England's biggest ever victory by men or women. Debate will ensure about whether such a mis-match is good for either side and how to avoid it.

08:37 PM

GOAL! Three goals in as many minutes and Russo has her hat-trick

It was an awful goalkeeping error, spooning a kick straight up in the air and Russo was on hand to head into the empty net. She has her third and England have their 18th of the night.

08:37 PM

GOAL! Russo scores he second

Latvia are collapsing, Russo with some nice movement in the penalty area to get free and score a header in the box.

08:35 PM

GOAL! Nobbs back among the goals for England

The Arsenal midfielder scores England's 16th on the night in the 79 minute, finding the bottom of the corner from the edge of the box.

08:32 PM

GOAL! Hemp scores another

Cutting inside with her left and unleashing a strike from 25 yards with flew into the net. It was not in the corner but England will not really care. England have 15.

08:30 PM

74 minutes: England 14 Latvia 0

England's players are still pouring forward, Zelem almost creates a goal of her own. Huge cheers from the crowd as goalkeeper Mary Earps gets a couple of touches with the ball, if only with her feet. Her kit will not need washing after this.

08:27 PM

GOAL! Bang goes another record

Now England have their goal from a corner. Excellent deliver from the right from Mead and Russo is there to plant a header home. The commentators are doing an admirable job of sustaining their enthusiasm: England have 14, this will now be their biggest ever win.

08:26 PM

70 minutes: England 13 Latvia 0

England have another corner. England's record of a 13-0 win was achieved against Hungary in 2005. Katie Zelem is on off the bench for her first England cap.

08:23 PM

GOAL! Jill Scott scores

England have now equalled their record tally with 13 and it is another back-post header this time from Scott. Still more than 20 minutes remaining off this game, will feel like a sentence for Latvia's players.

08:22 PM

England's celebrations

England's Beth Mead celebrates scoring their side's sixth goal of the game during the Women's FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Group D match between England and Latvia  - PA
England's Beth Mead celebrates scoring their side's sixth goal of the game during the Women's FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Group D match between England and Latvia - PA

08:20 PM

64 minutes: England 12 Latvia 0

England keep picking out spare players with diagonal passes and they have yet another corner, A goal directly from a set-piece might be the only thing missing from England's collection tonight.

08:18 PM

GOAL! Beth England finally scores her goal

She has been threatening in the air all night and her persistence pays off. England have a dozen goals in Doncaster.

08:16 PM

60 minutes: England 11 Latvia 0

Club managers around the country will want their key brought off now but England are enjoying themselves. In fairness to Wiegman's team they are trying to keep their shape and play professionally.

08:12 PM

GOAL! Jess Carter has her first England goal

Corner worked short and Stanway has her fifth assist of the night, driving a low cross across the box where the centre-back Carter was on hand to turn home.

Read our exclusive interview with the Chelsea defender here.

08:11 PM

55 minutes: England 10 Latvia 0

Jordan Nobbs has made a positive impression in midfield since her introduction and she forces the Latvia goalkeeper to tip the ball around the post with a curling shot from outside the area.

08:08 PM

GOAL! England have 10

Stanway confidently finds the bottom right-hand corner and England hit double figures.

08:07 PM

PENALTY ENGLAND!

Georgia Stanway looking for a goal to add to her four assists.

08:07 PM

50 minutes: England 9 Latvia 0

Beth Mead is through looking for her fourth goal...was she tripped?!

08:04 PM

GOAL! Ellen White's night gets even better

Ellen White with a second strike from outside of the box to ensure her record-breaking night features a hat-trick. England now one goal away from double figures.

08:03 PM

47 minutes: England 8 Latvia 0

Beth England goes close with another header! A night of frustration for the striker so far.

08:02 PM

We're back under way!

How many more goals could England score?

08:02 PM

Half-time changes

Bright and Toone off, Nobbs and Carter on.

08:00 PM

Time for subs?

07:47 PM

HT: England 8 Latvia 0

Ellen White is England's record goalscorer and Beth Mead has helped herself to a hat-trick.

There is a valid argument these two sides should not be on the same pitch, but Wiegman wanted England to play with tempo and quality and they have just done that. They have not got giddy and lost structure either: the way wingers Hemp and Mead have held their width to stretch Latvia bears all the Dutch hallmarks.

07:45 PM

45 minutes - England 8 Latvia 0

England finish the half with a corner, taken by Mead. And Wubben-Moy won first contact again but the header flashed wide.

07:44 PM

GOAL! Hemp has her second England goal

And England have EIGHT before the break. England's wide players going the damage again, Mead collecting the ball on the right and standing up a cross which was begging to be converted and Hemp obliged with a close-range header.

07:43 PM

GOAL! Toone with a cracker and England score seven

The player who scored a hat-trick in Latvia has opened her account tonight. Cut inside on to her right at the edge of the area, and fired the ball into the far corner. The goalkeeper's foot-work was found wanting.

07:41 PM

41 minutes - England 6 Latvia 0

England try something audacious but Hemp shoots well over from distance. Nice give and go at the edge of the box involving Toone and England, but it was an excellent tackle Latvia defender Lubina.

07:39 PM

38 minutes - England 6 Latvia 0

England work a short corner but Bright could not get over her header. All eyes on whether Beth England will get her first goal of the night, and when White will complete here hat-trick.

Latvia goalkeeper in a bit of a mess, but a desperate block keeps the score at six.

07:35 PM

35 minutes - England 6 Latvia 0

Mary Earps in the England goal must be freezing out there. Lovely cross from Mead from the left, swung towards the back post but White could not quite get over the header.

07:31 PM

31 minutes - England 6 Latvia 0

The clock is ticking for Beth England who will be wondering when her goals are going to come tonight. England still dominating possession and territory relentlessly, but Stanway could not quite connect on the volley after Greenwood's chipped pass.

07:29 PM

28 minutes - England 6 Latvia 0

Wiegman will already be considering which players to introduce from the bench and how she could experiment. Always a debate in international football: do you groove your strongest team for tougher opponents to come or try to learn something about those on the fringes?

07:26 PM

25 minutes: England 6 Latvia 0 - Mead England's hat-trick hero tonight

Beth Mead of England celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Qualifier group D  - Getty Images
Beth Mead of England celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Qualifier group D - Getty Images

07:24 PM

GOAL! Mead scores her hat-trick

Mead and Hemp's runs into the box from wide areas have caused Latvia all manner of problems, and this time it was Mead arriving at the back post to score a header from just a few yards out after an inswinging cross. England have their sixth.

07:21 PM

21 minutes: England 5 Latvia 0

Hope they added extra lightbulbs to the scoreboard tonight. Latvia have actually produced a couple of excellent pieces of last ditch defending to deny White her hat-trick but you sense it is on the way.

07:19 PM

GOAL! Lauren Hemp scores her first England goal

And it was a header from the left-winger. Hemp started a move with some combination play, and it was another delivery from the right from Stanway which Hemp steered in with a cute header. England now five up inside 19 minutes.

07:17 PM

16 minutes: England 4 Latvia 0

England have not scored for five minutes, the home crowd will be growing restless...Stanway clips a good cross to the back post where England glances a header just wide. The striker will be gutted if she does not score at least one goal tonight. Twinkle toes from Stanway to carry the ball to the edge of the box but her shot deflects wide.

From the resulting corner, England plants a header home but the flag goes up for offside.

07:15 PM

History maker

07:15 PM

And things were hard enough for Latvia anyway

07:12 PM

GOAL! Mead with a smart finish for England's fourth

Mead with a lovely turn at the edge of the box and she kept her head to place the ball into the far corner. England now four goals to the good after just 12 minutes.

07:11 PM

11 minutes: England 3 Latvia 0

The only question is how many more White will add before the final whistle. England were not far from their fourth there, Arsenal defender Wubben-Moy goes close from a corner.

07:10 PM

GOAL! Ellen White breaks the England record!

The goals may have come against minnows but you can see the passion and relief in White's celebration as she scores the goal that makes her England's all-time record scorer. This one was a more typical White effort, sniffing around the six-yard line to convert a low cross from the right. 47 England goals for White, one clear of Kelly Smith.

07:08 PM

8 minutes: England 2 Latvia 0

Bright caught late close to the touchline and England have a free-kick.

07:07 PM

GOAL! Ellen White matches the England record

She is now level with Kelly Smith on 46 England goals and it was a beauty. A rare goal from outside the box as she lofts the ball over the Latvia goalkeeper from 25 yards. England two up.

07:06 PM

Fair to say England have been dominate in this group

07:05 PM

4 minutes

Latvia's goalkeeper with an excellent save to keep the score at 1-0. Stanway skipped inside from the right and cut across the shot, it looked like it was fading into the far corner but Sinutkina produced a fine stop to tip it around the post.

07:03 PM

GOAL! Mead gives England the lead

The first goal arrives within two and a half minute: wide player to wide player. Lauren Hemp delivered well across the penalty area from the left and there was Mead arriving from the opposite side to sweep into the bottom corner. England lead.

07:02 PM

2 minutes: England 0 Latvia 0

England building play with a back three of Bright, Wubben-Moy and Greenwood with Mead and Hemp wide and high as wingers.

And it was Greenwood who has England's first attempt of the night, striding out of defence and crashing a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards! Sweet strike, goalkeeper had no chance but the woodwork saved Latvia. Not for long you suspect.

07:00 PM

KICK OFF!

Latvia get us under way and are quickly pinned back in their own half.

06:56 PM

This explains so many empty red seats

06:55 PM

Latvia missing four key players

England have the opportunity to better the 10 goals they scored in the return game.

The players are on their way out of the tunnel.

06:48 PM

A reminder of the England team news

England boss Sarina Wiegman made three changes to her starting line-up.

The adjustments in personnel from Saturday's 1-0 win over Austria in Sunderland saw Beth England, Georgia Stanway and Lotte Wubben-Moy come in as Fran Kirby, Demi Stokes and Rachel Daly dropped to the bench.

Ellen White, one goal away from equalling the team's all-time scoring record, was in the attack, while ex-Doncaster Belles defender Millie Bright again skippered the side.

06:45 PM

Baroness Sue Campbell speaks

All the success we have now has been built on the shoulders of those who pioneered the game, and Doncaster Belles is one of those clubs.

06:26 PM

White and England's strike partnership

Wiegman notes that there will not be much space behind this deep-lying Latvia defence but calls for her strikers to constantly scan and make 'opposite movements' to drag defenders out of position.

My colleague Sam Dean wrote this excellent piece on why scanning is such an important skill in elite football.

06:21 PM

Wiegman speaks

On the chance to experiment: "We'll see how the game goes. We want to play well and scored goals but as the game goes we'll decide what to do."

On Bright, Earps and England returning to Doncaster: "Rich history where they have won championships and competed at the highest level. "

06:15 PM

Wiegman favouring continuity

06:14 PM

England's starting XI

05:52 PM

Ellen White has Kelly Smith's England record in sight

History beckons for Ellen White who can become England Women's highest-ever goalscorer in their home World Cup qualifier against Latvia this evening.

England top their group after five consecutive victories, including a 10-0 win in Latvia in which Sarina Wiegman's team amassed 58 shots on goal. England have scored 33 goals in those five games and are yet to concede.

After scoring against Austria on Sunday, Manchester City forward White is just one goal behind Kelly Smith's England record of 46. White was shortlisted for both the 2021 Women's Ballon d'Or and the Best Fifa Women's Player awards.

With England fancied to deliver another battering against Latvia at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium tonight, head coach Wiegman wants her team to focus on the tempo and quality of their attacking play.

Asked about things the team could work on with regard the match, Wiegman said: "Just get our game to the next level again.

"So, speed up the game, have high ball tempo but being patient, have runs behind the defence. We're just putting emphasis on those things all the time.

"And then in the final third, stay aggressive, keep scanning and composed and, of course, ruthless to get the ball in the net.

"Things like that, and then the team has to collaborate really well, so stay connected and co-operate well, so we can create many, many chances and score these goals."

England have decided to rest Arsenal's Nikita Parris in order to manage her domestic and international workload. Former Doncaster Belles players Millie Bright, Mary Earps and Beth England could all feature.

Wiegman said of Parris: "After the game, together with her, we decided it was good for her to have a few days off.

"Our squad is fit, everyone can play tomorrow, so it was an option to give her some days off."

Full team news on the way shortly.

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