England topped Latvia by TEN in Women’s World Cup qualifier as ruthless lionesses show no mercy in Riga to maintain a perfect Group D run in a dominant display
- Toone broke the deadlock in the eighth minute by capitalizing on a poor defense
- It only took Toone three minutes to score England’s second goal and his own.
- England’s dominance continued in the first half with White and Bright scoring
- Goals kept flowing in the second half, with Toone scoring his hat-trick.
- Daly, Mead, Stanway and Williamson scored to complete the 10-0 win
It won’t be much easier for England boss Sarina Wiegman. A 10-0 win over Latvia on their 52nd birthday and, in truth, it could and should have been so much more.
The Lionesses had 58 shots with 21 on target and only a few good saves by Latvian goalkeeper Enija Anna Vaivode and a poor shot kept the score from going higher.
Wiegman couldn’t have hoped for a better start to his reign in charge. Four wins in four games puts them at the top of Group D.
England women outscored Latvia with TEN goals in their World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night
Ella Toone (# 6) scored a hat-trick in the dominant victory to hold England’s perfect record
Toone (center) got England off to a quick start with a quick double in 12 minutes
LATVIA: (4-2-3-1) Vaivode; Voitane, Gergeleziu, Lubina, Tumane (Eglite 77); Miksone, Rocane (Girzda 86); Zaicikova, Fedotova (Gaike 69), Sevcova; Baliceva
SUBS NOT USED: Lindermane (GK), Skujevska (GK); Lodzina, Gricijenko, Silova, Vitmore, Brahmane, Cemirtane
COACH: Marta Lielause
ENGLAND: (3-5-2) Ears; Bright, Williamson, Greenwood (Stokes 46); Mead, Kirby (Stanway 46), Walsh, Toone (Wubben-Moy 69), hemp (Parris 46); England, white (Daly 46)
SUBS NOT USED: Hampton (GK), MacIver (GK); Carter, Russo, Scott, Staniforth
GOALS: Toone (8, 12, 68); White (25); Brilliant (33); Mead (55); Daly (70, 82); Williamson (79); Stanway (81)
COACH: Sarina wiegman
REFEREE: Katarzyna Lisiecka-sek (Poland)
CAMPUS: Daugava Stadium
England’s first real test with Wiegman will be against Austria next month, but he will surely learn more about his players when they face Germany and Spain in a new invitational tournament in February.
There was little chance that Latvia, who were beaten 4-1 by North Macedonia last week, would cause upset and it was clear from the first whistle that England would spend most of the game camped out on their opponents’ court.
The first goal came in the seventh minute when a Lauren Hemp cross was cleared to Ella Toone, who finished emphatically in the upper right corner.
Toone, who has been in excellent shape for Manchester United this season, added his second five minutes.
Center Beth Mead found Fran Kirby and she trailed the ball back for her teammate to finish in the lower left corner.
Toone later became a provider when she intercepted Vaivode’s goal kick to play on Ellen White, who kept her cool to score the fourth.
White’s 44th goal in England means she is now two behind record scorer Kelly Smith.
Millie Bright added a fourth when she converted Fran Kirby’s free kick before White missed her chance to get one closer to Smith’s record when her penalty was saved by Vaivode.
The goalkeeper had been penalized for taking Hemp down, but redeemed herself to stop White’s effort before making a fantastic double stop to avoid Mead’s follow-up.
But the fifth came shortly after halftime when Mead finished in the lower right corner after being played by Georgia Stanway.
Ellen White joined the action, scoring England’s third shortly after Toone’s opening double.
White celebrates his 44th goal for England and is now two behind scorer Kelly Smith
Millie Bright reaches the back post to make it 4-0 and completes a first-half win
Toone got his hat-trick in the 67th minute when he fought his way through Latvia’s defense before overtaking Vaivode at the near post.
It was 7-0 three minutes later when Mead overtook Rachel Daly for a tap-in and Leah Williamson jumped into action with a fine shot from a short corner in the 79th minute.
There was still time for two more with Stanway adding a ninth in 81 before Daly grabbed his second a minute later.
Rachel Daly came off the bench to score a second half double in a relentless display of attack.
Her backup partner in the second half, Beth Mead, also got her name on the Riga minutes.