Ellen White has been made to attend longer in her bid to match Wayne Rooney as the very best goalscorer in England history although the Lionesses thrashed Northern Ireland of their last Euro 2022 group game on Friday night. England were already confirmed because the winners of Group A but still put five past their local rivals to interrupt the record for essentially the most goals ever scored in a bunch stage on the tournament.
White, 33, went into the match knowing one goal would see her draw level with Manchester United icon Rooney as England’s all-time top goalscorer male or female. The retired striker managed 53 goals for the Three Lions with White sat on 52.
The Manchester City ace missed an excellent probability to attract level with Rooney in the primary half, firing wide of the far post. But within the absence of manager Sarina Wiegman – who has tested positive for Covid – England were still comfortable winners at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium as assistant coach Arjan Veurink took the team.
It took some time for the primary goal but after that, the floodgates opened. England were denied an early penalty by VAR but then broke the deadlock within the fortieth minute. Fran Kirby’s brilliantly-placed effort curled into the highest corner from the sting of the box to make it 1-0.
Northern Ireland, despite knowing they were already out of the tournament, had defended resiliently as much as that time. But there was little they might do to forestall Chelsea forward Kirby’s strike and after that, the hosts ran riot.
England doubled their lead just 4 minutes later, with Beth Mead taking her tournament tally to 5 following her hat-trick against Austria. The Arsenal forward’s clever touch opened up space contained in the box and he or she found the underside corner courtesy of a deflection.
The Lionesses committed to Wiegman’s pre-match promise that she would name a powerful starting eleven quite than take the chance to rotate the XI. White was then amongst a trio of players replaced at half-time, meaning she’d be made to attend for her record-breaking moment.
Millie Shiny and Georgia Stanway also got here off for the house team, with Alex Greenwood, Ella Toone and Alessia Russo sent on. And Russo scored twice together with her first three touches. She headed in England’s third just three minutes into the second half, nodding in from Mead’s cross.
Just five minutes later the substitute, who plays for Manchester United, scored her second and England’s fourth. After being found by Toone, she lost her defender with a high quality first touch after which slotted in. It got worse for Northern Ireland as Kelsie Burrows scored an unlucky own goal, flicking Mead’s cross up over her own helpless goalkeeper.
Russio might’ve had a hat-trick late on but missed two high quality possibilities including blasting over the bar from close range. England – who’ve scored a record 14 goals in only three group games – are poised to face the runners-up of Group B, Spain or Denmark, at Brighton’s Amex Stadium of their next match.
Spain play Denmark at Brentford on Saturday night to find out who England will play. Elsewhere in Group A, two-time winners Norway – certainly one of the pre-tournament favourites – failed to succeed in the knockouts as a consequence of a defeat to Austria in Brighton.