Ellen White broke the all-time goalscoring record for England with a hat-trick in a 20-0 win against Latvia — a record number of goals for an English national team — in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
The Manchester City striker now has 48 international goals, surpassing Kelly Smith’s record of 46, while the Lionesses broke the previous record of 13 goals in one game.
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White scored twice within 10 minutes to break the record and Beth Mead scored a couple of goals either side of her team-mate’s as England took a 4-0 lead before 15 minutes.
Mead completed her hat-trick in the 23rd minute, while Lauren May Hemp scored two goals in each half and Ella Toone struck late in the first half as England took an 8-0 lead at half-time.
England picked up where they left off in the second half as White scored her third shortly after the restart to complete her record-breaking day with a hat-trick.
Georgia Stanway scored from the penalty spot, before Jessica Carter and Bethany England scored their own goals to extend England’s lead to 12-0.
Jill Scott, Alessia Russo — with a hat-trick — and Jordan Nobbs all scored as the second half progressed to push England into the final standings.
The England men’s team scored 13 goals against Ireland in 1882, while the women’s team did the same against Hungary in 2005, but those records were shattered Tuesday night.
White scored on her England debut in 2010 and made her 100th appearance for the national team against Austria on Saturday.
The 32-year-old scored six goals at the 2019 World Cup, shared the tournament’s Golden Boot prize with US forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, and was also shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or 2021.
The striker represented England at three World Cups and also scored in Germany’s 2011 tournament.
She also scored six times for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics this summer and was named England Player of the Year for 2020-21. It was the third time she had won the award, having also won the award in 2011 and 2018.
White previously represented Arsenal, Notts County and Birmingham in the Women’s Super League.
She reached 50 WSL goals last season and was the league’s top scorer in 2017-18.