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England 20-0 Latvia: Ellen White sets all-time scoring record with hat-trick

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at the Keepmoat Stadium

Ellen White became the Lionesses' record goalscorer as England overwhelmed Latvia to record their biggest-ever competitive victory.

White, 32, surpassed Kelly Smith's record of 46 and her hat-trick means she now has 48 goals in 101 appearances for England.

The Manchester City striker needed just nine minutes to break the record, running to the corner flag with her arms outstretched before sliding to the ground and clenching her shirt after doing so.

White's team-mates sprinted across to celebrate too and applauded as they took their positions for the retake when the new record was announced over the speaker at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It was a night of celebrations all round as Manchester City's Lauren Hemp scored four - her first goals in an England shirt - while Arsenal's Beth Mead and Manchester United's Alessia Russo bagged hat-tricks.

Jess Carter scored her first international goal, Manchester United's Katie Zelem made her debut and centre-back Millie Bright captained the side at the home of her first club.

Ellen White celebrates scoring
Ellen White surpassed the previous goalscoring record set by England and Arsenal great Kelly Smith

In total there were 10 different England goalscorers - Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway, Bethany England, Jill Scott and Jordan Nobbs completing the rout.

The victory signified an end to a disrupted 2021 for England but was the perfect way to cap off an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign under manager Sarina Wiegman so far.

England remain top of their World Cup qualifying group with six wins in six games, having scored 53 goals without reply.

Their 20-0 victory surpassed their previous record competitive win, a 13-0 success against Hungary back in 2005.

"You want competitive games and these are not competitive games," Wiegman said afterwards.

"In every country you want to develop the women's game but I don't think it's good that the scores are so high. I know it has the attention of the federations and I think that's good as I don't think 20-0 is good for the development of anyone.

"We really need some top-level games now which we're going to have [next year] because then we'll really know where we are."

Standing ovation for emotional White

Ellen White
Ellen White slid to the floor in celebration after scoring her second, record-breaking goal

Latvia sit 94 places below England in the world rankings and having beaten them 10-0 last month, it was never expected to be a contest in Doncaster.

All the focus pre-match was around White's pursuit of the goalscoring record and she did not keep supporters waiting long.

Such was the ruthlessness of England's opening 23 minutes that the scoreboard operator was overwhelmed by the action and showed the score as 6-0 while it was still only 5-0, before Mead ensured the goals caught up with the scoreboard.

The damage had been done in those opening stages, ensuring a carnival atmosphere broke out at the Keepmoat with drums, Mexican waves, and countless flags in the stands.

The biggest cheer unsurprisingly came when White broke the record - the visibly emotional striker took a moment to close her eyes and take it in while grabbing the badge on her shirt.

She was greeted on the touchline by friend and City team-mate Scott as she headed down the tunnel for half-time, before being congratulated by other substitutes Fran Kirby and Demi Stokes.

In the space of three days, White has become a Lionesses centurion, their record goalscorer and a hat-trick hero.

She will not forget this week any time soon and rightly received a standing ovation when she was substituted early in the second half.

The scenes at full-time were just as memorable. Four match balls were brought out for the quartet who netted three or more goals and White said afterwards she tried to throw hers to her mum in the stands to hold.

Instead she kicked it ahead of her as she joined the rest of the England team on a lap of honour.

England's top goalscorers
48 - Ellen White
46 - Kelly Smith
44 - Kerry Davis
40 - Karen Walker, Fara Williams
35 - Hope Powell
33 - Eni Aluko
32 - Karen Carney
30 - Gillian Coultard
28 - Marieanne Spacey

Player of the match

HempLauren Hemp

with an average of 8.23

England

  1. Squad number11Player nameHemp
    Average rating

    8.23

  2. Squad number9Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    8.22

  3. Squad number22Player nameRusso
    Average rating

    8.10

  4. Squad number8Player nameStanway
    Average rating

    8.07

  5. Squad number7Player nameMead
    Average rating

    7.98

  6. Squad number5Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    7.93

  7. Squad number10Player nameEngland
    Average rating

    7.83

  8. Squad number18Player nameNobbs
    Average rating

    7.79

  9. Squad number6Player nameToone
    Average rating

    7.75

  10. Squad number4Player nameWalsh
    Average rating

    7.67

  11. Squad number20Player nameScott
    Average rating

    7.63

  12. Squad number15Player nameCarter
    Average rating

    7.54

  13. Squad number23Player nameZelem
    Average rating

    7.48

  14. Squad number3Player nameWubben-Moy
    Average rating

    7.43

  15. Squad number2Player nameBright
    Average rating

    7.42

  16. Squad number1Player nameEarps
    Average rating

    7.20

Latvia

  1. Squad number23Player nameSinutkina
    Average rating

    4.89

  2. Squad number12Player nameSklemenova
    Average rating

    4.71

  3. Squad number2Player nameTumane
    Average rating

    4.70

  4. Squad number19Player nameSkribina
    Average rating

    4.69

  5. Squad number4Player nameGaike
    Average rating

    4.68

  6. Squad number7Player nameSenberga
    Average rating

    4.67

  7. Squad number14Player nameVengrevica
    Average rating

    4.60

  8. Squad number10Player nameGornell
    Average rating

    4.59

  9. Squad number16Player nameVitmore
    Average rating

    4.57

  10. Squad number5Player nameFreidenfelde
    Average rating

    4.57

  11. Squad number8Player nameZaicikova
    Average rating

    4.54

  12. Squad number15Player nameBaliceva
    Average rating

    4.49

  13. Squad number17Player nameGricijenko
    Average rating

    4.49

  14. Squad number6Player nameLubina
    Average rating

    4.48

  15. Squad number13Player nameVoitane
    Average rating

    4.39

  16. Squad number22Player nameGergeleziu
    Average rating

    4.37

Line-ups

England

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Earps
  • 2BrightSubstituted forCarterat 45'minutes
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 5Greenwood
  • 7Mead
  • 8StanwaySubstituted forScottat 60'minutes
  • 4WalshSubstituted forZelemat 71'minutes
  • 6TooneSubstituted forNobbsat 45'minutes
  • 11Hemp
  • 10England
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forRussoat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Charles
  • 13MacIver
  • 14Kirby
  • 15Carter
  • 16Daly
  • 18Nobbs
  • 19Stokes
  • 20Scott
  • 21Hampton
  • 22Russo
  • 23Zelem

Latvia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23SinutkinaSubstituted forSklemenovaat 45'minutes
  • 13Voitane
  • 22Gergeleziu
  • 6Lubina
  • 2TumaneBooked at 52mins
  • 10Gornell
  • 4GaikeSubstituted forVitmoreat 45'minutes
  • 7SenbergaSubstituted forVengrevicaat 68'minutes
  • 15BalicevaSubstituted forGricijenkoat 85'minutes
  • 8Zaicikova
  • 5FreidenfeldeSubstituted forSkribinaat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindermane
  • 3Lodzina
  • 9Rozasconoka
  • 11Smirnova
  • 12Sklemenova
  • 14Vengrevica
  • 16Vitmore
  • 17Gricijenko
  • 19Skribina
  • 20Brahmane
Referee:
Veronika Kovarova
Attendance:
10,402

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamLatvia
Possession
Home86%
Away14%
Shots
Home64
Away0
Shots on Target
Home31
Away0
Corners
Home15
Away0
Fouls
Home2
Away2

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 20, Latvia Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 20, Latvia Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bethany England (England) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! England 20, Latvia Women 0. Lauren Hemp (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jill Scott (England) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Katie Zelem with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Sofija Gergeleziu.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lauren Hemp (England) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Selga Vitmore.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Latvia Women. Erika Gricijenko replaces Tatjana Baliceva.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! England 19, Latvia Women 0. Bethany England (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lauren Hemp (England) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lotte Wubben-Moy.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Katie Zelem (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alessia Russo.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! England 18, Latvia Women 0. Alessia Russo (England) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! England 17, Latvia Women 0. Alessia Russo (England) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! England 16, Latvia Women 0. Jordan Nobbs (England) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Greenwood.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Latvia Women. Sandra Voitane tries a through ball, but Tatjana Baliceva is caught offside.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! England 15, Latvia Women 0. Lauren Hemp (England) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jill Scott.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bethany England (England) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Viktorija Zaicikova.

  20. Post update

    Alessia Russo (England) hits the bar with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Katie Zelem.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 30th November 2021

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden55001111015
2R. of Ireland4211143117
3Finland42027526
4Slovakia511347-34
5Georgia4004020-200

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain55004304315
2Scotland53111211110
3Hungary52031214-26
4Ukraine4112711-44
5Faroe Islands5005240-380

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands53201531211
2Iceland4301132119
3Czech Republic412111745
4Belarus31115414
5Cyprus6015230-281

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England66005305318
2Austria64112942513
3Northern Ireland64113062413
4Luxembourg5104329-263
5North Macedonia6105638-323
6Latvia5005246-440

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark66003423218
2Russia65011931615
3Montenegro6303813-59
4Bos-Herze6114520-154
5Malta6114416-124
6Azerbaijan6105218-163

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway54102402413
2Belgium64113853313
3Poland632166011
4Albania6213918-97
5Kosovo6114416-124
6Armenia5005036-360

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland66002622418
2Italy65012222015
3Romania53028719
4Croatia6114415-114
5Lithuania5014119-181
6Moldova4004016-160

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany66003122918
2Portugal64111751213
3Serbia530211839
4Turkey5212513-87
5Israel5005219-170
6Bulgaria5005120-190

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France66003723518
2Wales64111731413
3Slovenia63211751211
4Greece6213521-167
5Kazakhstan5005221-190
6Estonia5005026-260
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