Ellen White’s double against Luxembourg saw her take her goalscoring tally to 43 for EnglandEllen White, Alex Greenwood and Millie Bright each scored twice as England thumped Luxembourg in another utterly one-sided Women’s World Cup qualifier.
The Lionesses have now netted 18 goals in two matches under Sarina Wiegman.
Ellen White twice pounced from close range, Nikita Parris added a third before Alex Greenwood claimed a double.
An own goal followed, with Bright scoring her first two England goals before Rachel Daly and Bethany England completed the rout.
Daly goal ‘special’ after father’s deathRelive England’s 10-0 win against LuxembourgGoalkeeper Mary Earps, who was untroubled in Friday’s 8-0 win against North Macedonia, again started and had little to do as she tries to stake a claim as England’s number one.
Lucie Schlime’s night in goal for Luxembourg – ranked 114 places below England in the world rankings – could not have been any more different, making a fine reaction save to keep White out before the Manchester City striker struck twice in six minutes to put the visitors in control.
The first-half brace moved White to within three goals of equalling Kelly Smith’s record of 46 goals.
Wiegman had described the thumping of North Macedonia as an ‘OK’ performance and demanded a more clinical showing after producing 48 shots – only 18 of which were on target.
It was much the same against Luxembourg in the first period, with Fran Kirby and Ella Toone failing to take good chances before Parris added a third from a header and Greenwood marked her 50th cap with a goal either side of the break.
After an hour of incessant pressure, Jessica Berscheid directed the ball into her own net and centre-back Bright managed to celebrate her first two goals for the Lionesses on her 40th appearance.
Her second came in the first minute of injury time and yet there was still time for Daly to score an emotional ninth – just days after he father Martyn passed away – and on-loan Liverpool forward England delivered the 10th goal moments later.
Facing Northern Ireland – who beat Latvia 4-0 on Tuesday – next in October at Wembley will present a much sterner test for Wiegman’s side.
Kirby instrumental on England returnSarina Wiegman left Fran Kirby out against North Macedonia in an effort to “manage her load”For Luxembourg, the heavy defeat by England marked a milestone occasion as the first Women’s World Cup qualifier hosted by the country.
Their manger Daniel Santos previously spoke of being in charge of a team “not at the required level yet”,external-link but being determined to potentially endure “some major setbacks” to gain valuable experience and improve.
England certainly provided proof of the chasm between the two sides.
Wiegman made just two changes for the trip to the Grand Duchy. Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway made way for the experienced and decorated pair of Parris and Kirby, who was last season voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year for a second time.
After Lauren Hemp’s ingenuity on the left created the opener, Kirby played a part in the next three – first threading a an excellent ball through for White to finish, before setting up Parris and Greenwood from corners.
A heavy deflection for Greenwood’s second and an own goal were cruel on the hosts, with three injury-time strikes at the end making it the first time England have scored 10 in a game since 2014 when they overwhelmed Montenegro.
Player of the match
with an average of 7.73
Luxembourg WomenSquad number13Player nameDe Bruyn
Squad number14Player nameDervisevic
Squad number1Player nameSchlimé
Squad number20Player nameRaths
Squad number7Player nameSchon
Squad number5Player nameKremer
Squad number16Player nameAbreu
Squad number9Player nameMendes
Squad number3Player nameBerscheid
Squad number18Player nameKocan
Squad number8Player nameMarques
Squad number17Player nameCrespo
Squad number6Player nameGarcia
Squad number2Player nameGraça
Squad number21Player nameAlbert
Squad number10Player nameMiller
EnglandSquad number4Player nameWilliamson
Squad number9Player nameWhite
Squad number5Player nameBright
Squad number8Player nameKirby
Squad number17Player nameMead
Squad number19Player nameEngland
Squad number6Player nameGreenwood
Squad number11Player nameHemp
Squad number15Player nameStanway
Squad number2Player nameDaly
Squad number20Player nameScott
Squad number7Player nameParris
Squad number16Player nameWubben-Moy
Squad number3Player nameStokes
Squad number10Player nameToone
Squad number1Player nameEarps
Line-upsLuxembourg WomenFormation 4-4-1-1
1Schlimé21Albert5Kremer3Berscheid17CrespoSubstituted forSchonat 78’minutes16AbreuSubstituted forMendesat 89’minutes8MarquesSubstituted forDervisevicat 89’minutes10MillerBooked at 78mins2Graça18KocanSubstituted forRathsat 45’minutes6GarciaSubstituted forDe Bruynat 62’minutesBooked at 83minsSubstitutes4Becker7Schon9Mendes11Besch12Krier13De Bruyn14Dervisevic15Tiberi19Have20Raths22Thil23KremerEnglandFormation 4-3-3
1Earps2Daly5Bright6GreenwoodSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 59’minutes3Stokes8KirbySubstituted forStanwayat 71’minutes4Williamson10TooneSubstituted forScottat 81’minutes7Parris9WhiteSubstituted forEnglandat 58’minutes11HempSubstituted forMeadat 59’minutesBooked at 66minsSubstitutes12Charles13MacIver14Zelem15Stanway16Wubben-Moy17Mead18Staniforth19England20Scott21Telford22Salmon23CarterLive TextMatch ends, Luxembourg Women 0, England 10.
Second Half ends, Luxembourg Women 0, England 10.
Goal! Luxembourg Women 0, England 10. Bethany England (England) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikita Parris with a cross.
Goal! Luxembourg Women 0, England 9. Rachel Daly (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Goal! Luxembourg Women 0, England 8. Millie Bright (England) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Aldina Dervisevic.
Attempt missed. Lotte Wubben-Moy (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Millie Bright with a headed pass following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Jessica Berscheid.
Substitution, Luxembourg Women. Aldina Dervisevic replaces Marisa Marques.
Substitution, Luxembourg Women. Kelly Mendes replaces Julie Abreu.
Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nikita Parris.
Attempt missed. Rachel Daly (England) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Georgia Stanway with a cross following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Jessica Berscheid.
Foul by Jill Scott (England).
Jill De Bruyn (Luxembourg Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, England. Beth Mead tries a through ball, but Millie Bright is caught offside.
Jill De Bruyn (Luxembourg Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Beth Mead (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jill De Bruyn (Luxembourg Women).
Substitution, England. Jill Scott replaces Ella Toone.
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