On-form Ellen White excited by sharp-shooting Lionesses

Tuesday 07 Jun 2016
Ellen White screams with joy after scoring against Serbia

England striker Ellen White said she is delighted to be back among the goals and back involved with “an exciting group of players”.

The 27-year-old scored on her first start for the Lionesses in nine months in the 7-0 win over Serbia on Saturday.

She was at it again three days later, bagging the second in another 7-0 win over the same opponents.

Serbia 0-7 England

UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifier
Group 7
Serbia FA Sports Centre, Stara Pazova
Tuesday 7 June 2016

The result propelled England to top spot in their Euro 2017 qualifying group – and White believes it is a great time to come back into the team.

She said: “It had been a while since I started a game for England. I had things to work on so I just got my head down and tried to improve as much as I could.

“Hopefully my performances on the last two games showed that I have improved and I have been working on those things.

"The competition among the forwards is really strong. Keets [Nikita Parris] is scoring, Gems [Gemma Davison] is scoring, Rach [Daly] is scoring.

"We've got an exciting group of players and I'm just really happy to be back in again.

“I love playing for my country and scoring goals, and I think that showed after my reaction on Saturday.”

Having scored just six goals in their previous nine matches, White was equally pleased her Lionesses team-mates found their shooting boots in the last two matches.

Karen Carney bagged a hat-trick at the weekend while Davison, Parris (two each) and Daly all scored their first goals for England.

White said: “I know as a team we were disappointed to have drawn with Belgium and then obviously only got a 1-0 win over Bosnia.

“It was disappointing not to get as many goals in either game against Bosnia but ultimately we got the win each time which is obviously the most important thing

“But this week we've done really well in training and we're delighted to have scored as many goals as we have done.

"We've got some really exciting talent in this squad and we're already looking forward to the next two qualifiers.”

England are two points clear of Belgium in Group 7 with two qualifiers remaining, against Estonia and Belgium in September, and Mark Sampson’s squad are handily placed to qualify as at least one of the best six runners-up.

White added: “It has been a really good week of training.

“There's been a really good atmosphere around the camp and for me personally to get two goals and two starts is really pleasing.

"Seven goals in both games puts us in a really strong position. Our main focus was to win both games which we did and we did it comfortably."

By Glenn Lavery in Belgrade, Serbia