Ellen White is now just one goal shy of equalling England women’s all-time record after she marked her milestone 100th senior international appearance with the decisive strike against Austria.
In fitting symmetry, White made her Lionesses debut against Austria way back in 2010 and showcased her polished poacher’s instinct when she turned Fran Kirby’s pass into the net from close range in the closing stages of the first half.
She is just the 12th female player to reach 100 senior games for England and the 22nd overall.
White’s 45th England goal moved her ahead of Kerry Davis, a pioneer for the Lionesses in the 1980s and 1990s, on the all-time charts and into second place outright.
Only Kelly Smith (46) has now scored more goals for the women’s side than White, who will have an excellent chance to equal and break the record at home against Latvia in another World Cup qualifier on Tuesday – England won 10-0 when they faced the same opposition last month.
“It’s a dream and has come full circle, which is really strange, to have made my debut against Austria to now get my 100th cap against Austria,” White told ITV at pitch-side after the final whistle.
“I just wanted the team to win. It was a really hard game, but I’m so proud of the team, the way we stuck in there, clean sheet and obviously the three points. So I’m really happy.”
Pressed about the possibility of breaking the goalscoring record soon, she added, “You know I don’t like to talk about it, but I’m delighted to get on the score-sheet again. I’ve said before how much I love playing for England, scoring for England, so it’s an absolute dream for me.”