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It was inevitable, but Ellen White couldn’t believe it, her arms outstretched, her fists throbbing, her face etched with joy. It had taken him just three minutes to equal and then surpass the 46-goal England record set by Lioness legend Kelly Smith.

Then overwhelmed by the emotion of the occasion, the Manchester City striker, making her 101st appearance, nearly forgot about her goggle celebration, as she slipped onto her back to be swallowed up by her jubilant teammates Just nine minutes after England’s 20-0 loss to Latvia – surpassing their 13-0 record against Hungary in 2005 – in their World Cup qualifier in Doncaster.

Four hat tricks – from White, Lauren Hemp, who scored four, Alessia Russo and Beth Mead – were added by Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Jess Carter and two from Beth England as the Lionesses ensured White’s record. -A breakout game would be worth remembering as more records fell, debuts were made and senior senior goals were scored.

The part-time team’s 10-0 loss to Latvia meant the incredibly tight record, which the Whites came close to a goal with a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday, was there to take. Perhaps the only thing standing between White and the story was the expectation of the building that it was going to happen.

After just three minutes of play, England had a lead that would remind them how easily they could cut through the misshapen Latvian defense. Hemp’s recoil was met by Arsenal’s Mead and the attacker from the side of the foot from six yards.

Three minutes later, White had equaled Smith, with an unusual 20-yard strike that fell on goaltender Laura Sinutkina.

Good things clearly come in threes and in the ninth minute White’s City teammate Stanway whipped the ball around the defense for the record breakers to use. the traffic around the pitch meant that many fans made it to Keepmoat until the start of the first half. They didn’t need to worry though, England were there to put on a show for the finally healthy and panting crowd.

Mead grabbed a second in the 12th minute after dancing in the zone and smashing across the net before Hemp scored his first senior international goal, starting the movement with a one-two with White before continuing. his run and lead the Stanway pass in.

Ellen White breaks record as ruthless England defeats Latvia 20-0 |  Women’s World Cup 2023
Lauren Hemp scores England’s fifth goal at home, and the Manchester City winger herself scored four on the night. Photograph: Molly Darlington / Action Images / Reuters

Mead then scored his third in 23 minutes, heading powerfully to the far post of a hemp cross – not quite breaking his 14-minute hat trick scored against Northern Ireland at Wembley in October.

Manchester United striker Toone and Hemp scored a minute apart to give the home side an 8-0 lead at halftime.

Shortly after the reboot, White achieved his own hat-trick and moved closer to Gary Lineker and Harry Kane with 48 England goals and just five short of Wayne Rooney’s record 53. Goalkeeper Alina Skjemenova, who entered at half-time, could not prevent the attacker’s powerful effort from the edge of the box and hit the ball into her own net.

There was no slacking off from the Creeping Lionesses as manager Sarina Wiegman handed hats to some of the fringe squad. Stanway scored on the spot after Mead was shot and then substitute Carter, in place of Chelsea captain and teammate Millie Bright, returned from close range.

England’s Chelsea, who led the line with the Whites from the start, eventually entered the mix after being incorrectly flagged offside in the first half and substitutes Scott and Russo added one each. 19 minutes from the end. Hemp scored the third hat trick of the game shortly thereafter. Nobbs scored 16th and Russo added two more for the fourth hat trick of the game, England caught a late second and Hemp added his fourth.

Bruising can be painful, and there is perhaps an even bigger argument for World Cup pre-qualifying given this result and Belgium’s 19-0 win over Armenia, the 11th win. Northern Ireland’s -0 over North Macedonia and Spain’s 12-0 loss to the Faroe Islands – all last Thursday.

However, England can only play the team ahead of them. We know they can score and in February, against Canada, Spain and Germany, we’ll finally know if they can defend.

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