Published 26 October 2021 5 min read
Toone treble helps England hit ten again
FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying
Tuesday 26 October, 06:30 PM Daugavas Stadionā
HT: 0 - 4
- E. Toone (8′) (12′) (68′)
- E. White (25′)
- M. Bright (32′)
- B. Mead (55′)
- R. Daly (70′) (82′)
- L. Williamson (79′)
- G. Stanway (81′)
- E. White (38′ MISSED PEN)
The Lionesses find their shooting boots to clock up another ten goals in World Cup qualifying win in Riga
27 Oct 2021 6:32
Highlights: Latvia 0-10 England
See all the goals and the best of the rest in our highlights package from Riga
Ella Toone opened the floodgates and scored a hat-trick in England’s dominant 10-0 victory over Latvia in their World Cup qualifier.
Ellen White, Millie Bright, Beth Mead, Rachel Daly, Leah Williamson and Georgia Stanway all got on the scoresheet in a match which saw England enjoy 78 per cent of the possession.
White’s 44th goal in what was her 99th cap places her in joint-second on the Lionesses’ all-time scoring list, and she will look to move one step closer to Kelly Smith’s overall record when England host Austria next month.
It was another dominant performance for Sarina Wiegman’s side, who earned their fourth win from four qualifiers on the head coach's birthday.
And it wasn’t long before Ella Toone scored the opener in Riga, capitalising on a defensive mistake by the 102-ranked Latvian side and firing past Enija-Anna Vaivode inside eight minutes.
Four minutes later Fran Kirby, tangled up with a Latvian defender in the box, picked out Toone near the spot and the 22-year-old Manchester United star drove in her second.
Kirby attempted to play provider again, this time pirouetting around her Latvian marker to send a pass to Bethany England who fired wide.
And Bright nearly made it three for England but watched her creative volley from 12 yards out bounce off the left post.
Latvia finally found themselves on the attack, but England quickly cleared, soon earning another of their 15 first-half corners, with Vaivode managing to bat it away.
Vaivode, however, was soon punished for a poor pass as Toone pounced on the ball and picked out White, who sent her effort into the bottom left corner.
The Lionesses' third marked a milestone for the Manchester City legend, who moved into joint second on England’s all-time scoring list, tying Kerry Davis with her 44th.
A string of solid tackles prevented further damage in the following minutes, but England continued to dominate, Vaivode making her best stop of the half to deny Kirby.
Lauren Hemp was next to near-miss her effort from close range hitting the woodwork. Vaivode was soon punished again for her challenge on Hemp, which drew a penalty.
But penalty-taker White couldn’t move up the record ladder any further on this occasion, with Vaivode blocking her effort before reacting quickly to stop Mead’s rebound.
White then had another opportunity moments later, heading a Williamson cross just high of the crossbar.
Wiegman, celebrating her 52nd birthday, made four changes to begin the second half, with Nikita Parris nearly justifying her introduction instantly with an chance to nod in England’s sixth.
But it was Mead who added another, with the hat-trick hero against Northern Ireland driving in from the left and taking her time before slotting into the bottom right corner ten minutes into the half.
Toone recovered quickly after being tripped up by Voitane at the left of the area, getting back up and faking left before completing her hat-trick with a floating effort into the top of the net.
And three more goals inside ten minutes saw substitute Daly, captain Williamson and Stanway all get themselves on the scoresheet.
Vaivode’s ill-timed challenge allowed Daly to add her second before the final whistle, firing in England’s tenth into the bottom right corner and ensuring England maintained their flawless start to their qualifying campaign.
England (3-3-4): 1 Mary Earps (Manchester United), 2 Millie Bright (Chelsea), 3 Leah Williamson (Arsenal) (c), 4 Keira Walsh (Manchester City), 5 Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), 6 Ella Toone (Manchester United), 7 Beth Mead (Arsenal), 8 Fran Kirby (Chelsea), 9 Ellen White (Manchester City), 10 Bethany England (Chelsea), 11 Lauren Hemp (Manchester City)
Substitutes: 19 Demi Stokes (Manchester City) for Greenwood 45’, 15 Georgia Stanway (Manchester City) for Fran Kirby 45’, 17 Nikita Parris (Arsenal) for Lauren Hemp 45’, Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) for White 45’, 16 Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal) for Ella Toone 69’
Substitutes not used: 13 Sandy MacIver (Everton), 21 Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), 18 Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United), 20 Jill Scott (Manchester City), 22 Alessia Russo (Manchester United), 23 Jess Carter (Chelsea)
Head coach: Sarina Wiegman
Goals: Toone (8’, 12’, 68’), White (25’), Bright (32’), Mead (55’), Daly (70’, 82’), Williamson (79’), Stanway (81’)
Latvia (4-3-2-1): 23 Enija-Anna Vaivode, 13 Sandra Voitane, Sofija Gergeleziu, 6 Arta Lubina, 2 Ligita Tumane, 19 Karlina Miksone, 10 Anastasija Rocane, 8 Viktorija Zaicikova, 11 Renate Fedotova, 14 Olga Sevcova, 15 Tatjana Baliceva
Substitutes: Alise Gaike for Fedotova 69’, Dzeina Eglite for Tumane 77’, Alina Silova for Baliceva 77’, Kristine Girzda for Rocane 86’
Head coach: Romans Kvacovs
Referee: Katarzyna Lisiecka