Sarina Wiegman stresses that goal machine striker Ellen White is an icon of English football
England manager Sarina Wiegman wants goalmaker Ellen White to get the respect she deserves as an icon of English football… with a goal just ONE away from Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record
- Ellen White has scored 52 goals for England after scoring twice in England’s 8-0 win over Norway
- She is now one shy of Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record for England
- Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman described white as “valuable” to the team
Sarina Wiegman insisted Ellen White be given the respect she deserves when she breaks down Wayne RooneyEngland goalscoring record vs Northern Ireland This evening.
White overtook Kelly Smith as the Lionesses’ top scorer in November, and her double win against Norway on Monday gave her 52 overall, a deficit behind Rooney.
And head coach Wiegman said: “Everyone can have their opinion, I think what she’s done is amazing.
Manchester City striker Ellen White (left) is just one goal away from Wayne Rooney’s record 53
“The player that she is but also the person that she is, she plays such an important role in our team.
“What she has achieved on and off the pitch is just really, really great. She is so valuable to this team.’
Wiegman will name a similar team on Friday night to the one that beat Norway 8-0 on Monday.
Sarina Wiegman is likely to name a team similar to the team that defeated Norway 8-0
The Lionesses have already won Group A and will face Spain or Denmark in the quarter-finals in Brighton on Wednesday, but Wiegman insisted she won’t make any major changes despite the risk of injury.
“I believe in the rhythm when there are nine days between the Norwegian game and the quarter-finals,” she said.
“I think you need more rhythm, keep focus and keep playing.
“Obviously some players will be disappointed – if you weren’t going to play you wouldn’t be in the squad.”
White scored twice in the win against Norway and is sure to equal Rooney’s record this summer