Striker and big West Ham fan Ellen White grew up idolising Hammers legends like Paolo Di Canio and now she is an England record breaker.

She may never – yet – have worn the claret and blue of her beloved West Ham during an illustrious playing career, but make no mistake England and Man City striker White is a true Hammer.

White, 32, idolised legendary West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio growing up.

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But the West Ham fanatic has gone on to immortalise herself as a legend in her own right in the women’s game.

White is second on the list of all-time leading goalscorers in the Women’s Super League, having scored 58 times during spells at Arsenal, Notts County, Birmingham and Man City.

And now she is England’s all-time record goalscorer, as the Hammer smashed a hat-trick in Tuesday’s record breaking 20-0 World Cup qualifying win over Latvia.

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West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst knew a thing or two about scoring important hat-tricks for England.

And White moved on to 48 goals, two ahead of England legend Kelly Smith as the leading Lionesses scorer.

White once declared her ‘loyalty will always be with West Ham’ when the men’s side were about to face Arsenal while she was playing for the Gunners.

She has netted nine goals in six games during the qualifying campaign so far.

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Striker and big West Ham fan Ellen White grew up idolising Hammers legend Paolo Di Canio and is now an England record breaker

“It was very emotional on the pitch,” said White after the record 20-0 win.


“I feel very proud to represent my country. We have some incredibly talented players coming through so I feel very lucky to be surrounded by them. I am very proud.

“[My team-mates] know how much it means to me, they know how much I love playing for England.”

Asked what she would have said if told as a schoolgirl she would one day become England’s record goalscorer, White said: “I’d say you’re having a laugh! It’s incredible. But I’m not stopping here. I still want to score goals for England.”

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White was congratulated on her achievement by England men’s captain Harry Kane, who is well on course to break the men’s goalscoring record for the Three Lions.

White’s goals have come in 101 appearances, 16 fewer than Smith needed to reach the same total.

And her achievement proves, unequivocally, if there was ever any doubt, that West Ham are indeed… MASSIVE.

Well done Ellen. Come. On. You. Irons.

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