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Published 01 December 2023 2 min read
England Women's Senior Team

Ella Toone: 'We'll go out fighting to win the game'

Written by:

Milly McEvoy

The Lionesses midfielder scored her third Wembley goal to seal win over the Netherlands, and now has eyes set on Scotland

England’s Ella Toone added another memorable Wembley outing to her record on Friday, after scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands to seal a thrilling 3-2 victory.

The Manchester United ace was introduced as a second-half substitute in the crucial UEFA Women’s Nations League clash, with the Lionesses chasing a comeback after finding themselves two goals down at half time.

And after quickfire goals from Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp brought the game level with 30 minutes to play, it was Toone who notched a late winner to set up a grandstand finish with England knowing they needed to win by two goals to take over at the top of the group table.

That wasn’t to be, so the Lionesses will now head north of the border for Tuesday’s game with Scotland knowing they need to win by a four-goal margin at Hampden Park and wait on the result between the Dutch and Belgium in the group’s other game.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet but the main thing for us is that we won and we did that,” said Toone, who has also scored at the national stadium in the UEFA EURO Final in 2022 and against Brazil in the Finalissima earlier this year.
England found themselves 2-0 down at half time, before staging a stirring comeback in the second half
England found themselves 2-0 down at half time, before staging a stirring comeback in the second half
“I wish we could play here every time, I love it here. I love playing for England and playing football. It was really special to get on the scoresheet at Wembley, but the main thing was that we won.

“It [the crowd] was really loud we didn’t have time to celebrate as we wanted to get another goal but it was amazing.

“My role was to come on and affect the game. What a ball from LJ [Lauren James], we showed a lot of character to come back and win the game.

“It was all a bit of blur [what Sarina said to her before coming on] but it was about winning the ball and attacking. The subs that we made really did that, it was a great comeback to come back from 2-0 down at half time and we have shown we can win that game.”

Toone and her squad mates will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s trip to Glasgow, knowing what they need to do to give themselves a chance of reaching February’s Finals.

“I thought we played really well tonight we still dominated the game and it was two errors from us that led to the goals but the character from the team was huge,” she added.

“The game [against Scotland] is massive but every game we play in is huge, we’ve got the targets on our back, but we love playing for England and we’ll go out fighting to get the win.”