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White and Stanway on target as Lionesses thrash Latvia

White and Stanway on target as Lionesses thrash Latvia
Ellen White edged closer to becoming England Women’s all-time record goalscorer with a goal in Tuesday night’s 10-0 thrashing of Latvia.

The City star and Ballon d’Or nominee netted the Lionesses’ third of the night – firing across Enija Anna Vaivode for her 44th international goal – after hat-trick heroine Ella Toone had bagged a brace, as Sarina Wiegman’s side earned their fourth win of four in World Cup qualifying with a thoroughly professional display.

Georgia Stanway was also on the scoresheet, firing home the ninth from the bench, and crafted two assists, as the Group D leaders ran riot in Riga.

White was one of four City representatives in the starting XI, lining up alongside Hemp, Alex Greenwood and Keira Walsh, while Stanway and Demi Stokes were introduced at half-time.

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Hemp, Greenwood and White were all rested at the break, while Jill Scott was an unused substitute.

In the first ever meeting between the two sides, it was one-way traffic from start to finish from Wiegman’s side, who stormed into a deserved 4-0 half-time lead and kept their foot on the gas in the second period.

Toone set the Lionesses off and running with two quickfire goals before setting up White to drive home and lift herself up to second place in her country's all-time goalscoring charts.


                        White and Stanway on target as Lionesses thrash Latvia

Hemp was then unfortunate not to bag her first senior goal for her country, striking the post as she was upended, before referee Katarzyna Lisiecka-sek pointed to the spot – only for White’s effort from 12 yards to be well-saved by Vaivode.

The woodwork also denied White a second with a looping header, as well as Chelsea’s Millie Bright, who would however add a fourth just after the half-hour mark.

Hemp scooped over in the last major action of the half but England picked up where they left off – Beth Mead slotting home a fifth ten minutes after the restart.

Toone then completed her treble with an acute angled finish and Rachel Daly made it seven from close range, before Leah Williamson got in on the act with a curling effort.

Stanway then joined the party, cutting inside and drilling home her third international goal, and Daly doubled her personal tally to make it ten as England cemented their place atop Group D and celebrated Wiegman's 52nd birthday in style.

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Meanwhile, Caroline Weir and Filippa Angeldahl locked horns, as Scotland and Sweden contested a friendly at St Mirren Park.

Both City stars forced the opposition 'keepers into smart stops in the first half, while Anna Anvegard struck the crossbar and Erin Cuthbert cleared off the line.

Olympic silver medallists Sweden emerged victorious with a long-range stunner from Fridolina Rolfo and a late Sophie Howard own-goal.

Angeldahl was brought off with just over 20 minutes left, while Weir was rested seven minutes later.

Elsewhere, Ruby Mace and Khiara Keating were both named in England Under-19s’ starting line-up to face Switzerland in their final Euro first round qualifier, as the Young Lionesses triumphed 1-0 through Grace Clinton’s effort to make it three wins from three and secure a spot in Round Two.

Jess Park also completed 60 minutes for England’s Under-23s on Monday, as Mo Marley’s side edged Belgium, thanks to Katie Robinson’s solitary strike.

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City return to domestic action with a mouth-watering Women’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea on Sunday 31 October.

It’s a 12:45pm kick-off at the Academy Stadium and tickets for all home games are now on sale.

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