BIRMINGHAM City Ladies forward Ellen White scored in England’s opening Women’s European Championship fixture as they comprehensively defeated Scotland 6-0 on Wednesday, writes Molly Jennens.
White bagged England’s third goal of the game on 32 minutes to put the Lionesses well and truly clear of Scotland before half time.
It came after Manchester City’s Jill Scott hit a powerful drive from 25 yards out. Her effort cannoned back off the bar and feel kindly for White, who pounced to superbly slide the ball into the bottom left corner.
However, the Blues star had found herself in an unusual position as Mark Sampson shuffled his team’s formation to confuse their Scottish counterparts.
White lined up on the left flank, offering protection to Demi Stokes, who was making her first appearance in a senior tournament for her country.
The 28-year-old adapted to her new position with ease, making a smart run into space during the opening minutes which showed signs of intent.
Eager to get on the scoresheet following her two goals in the last friendly against Denmark prior to the Euros, White made bursts into the box to support fellow strikers Jodie Taylor and Fran Kirby.
She reaped the rewards for her endless, tireless running when her header played in Taylor for the fourth goal of the game.
White was replaced by former Birmingham City player Karen Carney in the 73rd minute, which was an indication of Sampson’s attacking intentions.
The Chelsea midfielder went straight into the position occupied by White and helped them see out the game with ease.
Sticking with three forward-thinking players, England continued to attack through Carney who was involved in the build-up play to their fifth goal as Jordan Nobbs fired home a sweet volley.
England wrapped it up with a sixth goal as Toni Duggan headed in from close range.
England’s second match in the Dutch tournament is against Spain on Sunday (7.45pm).