Ellen White is the Lionesses’ all-time leading goalscorer, but a 1998 newspaper article revealed that she had already been banned from playing football when she was nine years old.
The striker was part of the England squad that won the Euro 2022 final at Wembley on Sunday, having beaten Germany 2-1.
White has started every game for Sarina Wiegman’s side at the tournament this summer, scoring twice in six appearances.
Who is White?
Having made his England debut in 2010, White has since scored 52 goals in 113 appearances for the national side.
Currently, she is second on England’s all-time goalscoring list, one behind Wayne Rooney and needs just two goals to overtake the former Man United star.
The 33-year-old has been named England International Player of the Year three times, in 2011, 2018 and 2021.
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White was originally scouted by Arsenal scouts when she was just eight years old, after playing for Aylesbury Town juniors and scoring over 100 goals.
She attended Grange School in Aylesbury and played for the boys team because the school had no girls.
However, she was barred from playing in a local Buckinghamshire boys’ league, which led to The dollar herald newspaper to run a front-page story on September 23, 1998.
What did the article say?
In the article, White can be seen in an Arsenal kit and a caption says she ‘scored 100 goals last season’.
The article begins with the title: “Soccer girl banned by boys league”, while the caption reads: “Ellen is only nine years old and doesn’t understand why she can’t play football.”
One of his former teachers at La Grange highlighted his love for all sports, especially football.
“Back when Ellen was in school we didn’t have girls’ football on the curriculum, but she still played football with the boys and loved all of her sports,” they said.
Left: Ellen White (1998)
Right: Ellen White (2022)
— Angry people in local newspapers (@angrypiln) August 2, 2022
White’s remarkable career
Fast forward 24 years and the 33-year-old is now an England icon.
White has led the line for the Lionesses for much of the past decade and scored some crucial goals during that time.
In 2019, the striker was the Women’s World Cup top scorer with six goals and later that year scored against Germany at Wembley.
Away from international football, White also enjoyed a successful club career.
After playing for Arsenal, Chelsea and Now Man City, White won two WSL titles and the Women’s FA Cup.
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