England 8 Norway 0: White inches closer to Rooney’s record as Mead hits three to secure spot in the Euro quarter-finals


ELLEN WHITE opened her Euros account for England in style as the Lionesses mauled Norway and fired a deadly warning to their rivals.

Five goals in 40 minutes – including a brace for their record scorer – saw the hosts seal a quarters spot in fearsome fashion following an 8-0 demolition.

And the record-breaking result, cheered by more than 28,000 fans at the Amex, made it a miserable night for shellshocked Norway.

One in which they suffered their heaviest Euros group stage loss since a 4-0 drubbing dished out by Germany in 2009.

Before the match, Sarina Wiegman was asked if she was feeling the burden of England being contest hosts, and the expectation of repeating her Euros triumph achieved five years ago.

And Norway boss Martin Sjogren suggested the Lionesses were under ‘massive pressure’.

But if this was an attempt to play mind games, it was one that backfired as England ran riot.

Any worries of the scoring threat posed by Ada Hegerberg and her team-mates were blown away in a blistering first half as the hosts tore their rivals to shreds.

A fairly balanced encounter in the opening stages ended when White was brought down in the box around the 12th minute.

And Georgia Stanway fired England in front from the spot smashing the ball beyond keeper Guro Pettersen.

The 1-0 lead became two just three minutes later, with Lauren Hemp bundling home her first European Championship goal.

And White – who faced some tricky questions over her lack of goals in recent games -made it three near the half-hour mark.

The England legend robbed Maria Thorisdottir – who had a tough night in defence before charging through on goal and rifling home.

The striker wreaked havoc again, this time feeding Hemp who curled in a cross for Beth Mead to nod in the Lionesses’ fourth.

Norway gaffer Sjogren, who looked visibly stunned, could do nothing to stem the England wave sweeping over his side.

The miserable night got worse as the hosts showed no signs of letting up.

Mead, whose in her best international form, danced through a series of tackles before notching her brace close to half-time.

And then White made it 6-0 slotting the ball home following a drilled Fran Kirby cross – moving her to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s record tally of 53.

Shortly after Hegerberg was seen giving her team-mates talking to with half-time offering them a brief respite.

The second spell saw Sarina Wiegman ring the changes with Ella Toone, Alex Greenwood and Alessia Russo coming on for Kirby, Rachel Daly and White.

Wiegman’s warriors made it 7-0 with Russo joining Hemp in bagging a first-ever Euros goal.

England wrapped up the demolition with Mead nabbing a hat-trick with her fourth goal of the tournament – and securing a record tournament win for the Lionesses.

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