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Ellen White climbs to second in all-time England top goalscorer charts

Ali Rampling
White moved onto 50 goals for England
White moved onto 50 goals for England / Gareth Copley/GettyImages
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Ellen White moved ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Kane in England's all-time top goalscoring charts as she netted during the Lionesses World Cup qualifying victory over North Macedonia.

White became the first ever woman to hit 50 goals for England by heading home Ella Toone's cross after 41 minutes as the Lionesses cruised to a 10-0 win. The forward reached the goalscoring landmark on her 105th appearance for the national side.

The goal means that only Wayne Rooney has more goals in an England shirt than White, with the former Manchester United forward retiring with 53 goals in 120 appearances for his country.

It continues a season of breaking records on the international stage for White, who overtook the great Kelly Smith to become the Lionesses' all-time top goal scorer in November with a hat-trick against Latvia.

Although her 50th goal for her country came against a North Macedonia side ranked 132nd in the world, the Manchester City striker does also boast a proud scoring record in major tournaments for England.

White finished as 2019 World Cup's joint top scorer, netting six times as the Lionesses reached the semi finals.

"I think 49 [goals] is already a big achievement," Sarina Wiegman said of White ahead of England's trip to North Macedonia. "Fifty is an even bigger achievement. She's a striker, she wants to score goals but when she got this record before [in November] it starts with how we play as a team, because we want to score lots of goals.

"We want to create lots of chances, we want score lots of goals and the more people that score goals the more unpredictable we become, and that's actually what we're working on."

The goals were somewhat share among the team during England's win over North Macedonia, with Beth Mead netting four, Toone grabbing a hat-trick and Georgia Stanway on the scoresheet twice, in addition to White.

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