England Women 5-0 Estonia Women




On an evening where fans and players alike paid a fitting tribute to Sylvia Gore, who died aged 71, Danielle Carter scored a hat-trick the football pioneer would have been proud of as the sun set over Meadow Lane.
At the stadium that plays home to Notts County Ladies, there were notable Lady Magpie’s absent from the squad including Laura Bassett and Ellen White – the latter having broken her collarbone previous to this encounter. White remains out for the rest of the season, but appears confident for a return in time to enter the fray for Euro 2017, which she believes England could go on to win.
Lining up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, England manager Mark Sampson set up his team to attack from the start which paid dividends as the Lionesses took the lead on the eighth minute through Arsenal striker Danielle Carter.
Five minutes later and England doubled their lead, as Estonia looked helpless to the Lionesses’ attack. Manchester City’s Jill Scott got the goal, after team mate Nikita Parris’ shot from a tight angle hit the bar. The England ever-present, who had been dominant in the middle of the park throughout the game, found herself in the right place at the right time, to head it into the back of the net.

Carter celebrates one of her goals alongside captain Steph
Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Jordan Nobbs
(©The FA)

With England two goals to the good and Estonia penned into their own half, the pressure didn’t hold off as they continued to look for more goals in the hope of sending out a warning sign to Belgium who won earlier that afternoon.
It was Carter who was at it again, scoring either side of half time to complete her second hat-trick in as many senior starts for the Three Lions. As the now famous chant ‘Will Grigg’s on fire’ rang from the terraces, it may as well have been Dani Carter as she set the field alight with her quick feet, persistent running and determination to score another.
In added time, Karen Carney won and scored the penalty that ensured a dominant 5-0 win and qualification. It set up a tasty encounter against second placed Belgium on Tuesday night, who England failed to beat last time around despite Jill Scott scoring in the home fixture. A draw would be enough for the ladies to top the group; however, there’s no doubt they will be going in the search of a victory.  
Update: England Women went on to beat Belgium 2-0 last night, thanks to goals from Nikita Parris and Karen Carney. 

Molly Jennens

I'm Molly Jennens and I am an aspiring football journalist. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy it.

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