Sarina Wiegman insists Ellen White is an icon of English football

England manager Sarina Wiegman wants goal-machine Ellen White to get the respect she deserves as an icon of English football… with star striker just ONE goal away from Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record

  • Ellen White has 52 goals for England after two in England’s 8-0 win over Norway
  • She is now one behind Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record for England
  • Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman described White as ‘valuable’ to the team 

Sarina Wiegman insisted that Ellen White should be shown the respect she deserves if she breaks Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record against Northern Ireland tonight.

White overtook Kelly Smith as the Lionesses’ leading scorer in November and her brace against Norway on Monday took her total to 52, one behind Rooney. 

And head coach Wiegman said: ‘Everyone can have their opinion, I think what she has done is amazing.

Manchester City striker Ellen White (left) is one goal away from Wayne Rooney’s record of 53

‘The player she is but also the person she is, in our team, she has such an important role.

‘What she has accomplished on the pitch but also off the pitch is just really, really great. She is so valuable to this team.’

Wiegman is set to name a similar team on Friday night to the one who beat Norway 8-0 on Monday.

Sarina Wiegman will likely name a similar side to the team that demolished Norway 8-0

The Lionesses have already topped Group A and will play Spain or Denmark in the quarter-finals in Brighton on Wednesday, but Wiegman insisted she will not make any major changes despite the risk of injuries. 

‘I believe in rhythm, when you have nine days in between the Norwegian game and the quarter-final,’ she said.

‘I think you need more rhythm and keep the focus and keep playing. 

‘Of course some players will be disappointed – if you wouldn’t be eager to play then you wouldn’t be in the squad.’

White scored twice in the win over Norway and will surely equal Rooney’s record this summer

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