England Women Hit Six On Return

Last updated : 23 February 2021 By Three Lions

England Women returned to competitive action after nearly a year with a comfortable friendly win against Northern Ireland on Tuesday afternoon.

The blustery surroundings of St George's Park in Burton may have been a far cry from the SheBelieves Cup in the USA but temporary manager Hege Riise will have been pleased with the professionalism shown by her side as they netted six times without reply.

With Jill Scott, captain on her 150th international appearance, starting alongside the likes of Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Ellen White, England's lack of playing time together was counteracted by the familiarity many of the players have built up over the years.

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White notched three goals in characteristic style, meeting a Bronze cross for her second and turning sharply onto a Scott pass for the hat-trick, Bronze and Rachel Daly also scored and debutant Ella Toone finished things off from the penalty spot.

With three more players making their first England appearance, Sandy MacIver, Ebony Salmon and Lotte Wubben-Moy all coming off the bench to take part, Riise praised the energy levels shown by her side.

She will oversee April's friendly against Canada and will then wait to see if there is a role for her with the Team GB squad that is selected for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.