Ellen White is intent on becoming the best full-back in the country by reaching 10 goals for England at women’s level, a tally Kelly Smith already holds. The Bradford Stags midfielder hopes to achieve the feat at the Finals, which will be staged in Gold Coast, Australia, next month, and hopes the achievement can inspire other aspiring young players.
Smith retired from international football in January 2014 having scored 21 goals in 94 appearances but had previously surpassed her 17 goals at the age of 28. The 33-year-old had been on target in the 5-1 demolition of Canada on Sunday, England’s second successive success in the tournament.
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“I don’t think any women has managed to beat Kelly’s record and I’d like to be able to do that,” said White, whose previous best England tally is four goals in nine appearances, although she had to wait more than 12 months before earning her second cap last year. “I watched her a lot when I was younger, she was outrageous for England and I love her for it. I think I can do better than Kelly and if anyone wants to come out and play, come on in and let’s have some fun.”
White, who scored one of Bradford’s two goals on Sunday, believes she can improve still more. “I had a dip at the start of the season with injuries but I feel really fit now,” she said. “Last year was just unbelievable for me and this year can just keep getting better and better and I’d love to score more and more goals for England.”
Victory over Scotland on Tuesday in Liverpool is the next objective as the Black Roses attempt to defend their title. “There are still plenty of injuries to come through,” said White. “It’s quite hard to know how we will line up but we’ll go out there and try to win every game. We’re not going to get carried away with anything but we will try to win it again.”