Ellen White was on target once again as England Women’s got off to the perfect start against Norway – and then performed her trademark celebration.
White has been in blistering form at the World Cup in France, scoring four goals for Phil Neville’s Lionesses to help them book a quarter-final showdown with their European rivals.
© Getty Images Ellen White celebrates her goalAnd the striker continued her stunning goal scoring exploits by doubling their lead in the first-half, scoring her fifth goal of the tournament and her sixth in World Cup history.
That strike saw her become the record goalscorer for England Women’s at World Cups, and she celebrated in style by cupping her eyes with her fingers, a celebration that we’ve seen several times in France.
And the striker has previously revealed that her ‘goggles’ celebration was a nod to her love of the Bundesliga and Cologne striker Anthony Modeste.
© REUTERS The striker tapped home to double England’s leadThe 30-year-old, who plays her club football for Manchester City , is a keen fan of the German top-flight and admitted that Modeste, the one-time Blackburn forward, is her inspiration for the celebration.
“I like watching the Bundesliga,” White said. “I support Cologne and striker Anthony Modeste, that’s his celebration.
“My husband was like, why don’t you do that? But I’ve started something I can’t really stop now!
“We just love German football and went over there on a break and loved the atmosphere and the football,” she added. “It’s an incredible feeling. To score in a goal in a World Cup is a dream.”
© Getty Images White celebrates with her team-matesEngland made a superb start in their last-eight showdown with Norway, taking the lead in just the third minute. Lucy Bronze cut the ball back from the right, White missed it with her attempt at a shot and it ran to Jill Scott, whose strike went in off the post.
The effort was the fastest England goal have ever scored at a Women’s World Cup, and the earliest goal of this tournament. The second goal came when Bronze worked the ball to Nikita Parris and her lay-off was slotted in by White. That strike moved her level at the top of the tournament scoring charts with the United States’ Alex Morgan on five goals.