England’s women recorded their biggest ever competitive victory when they beat Latvia 20-0 in their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier.
Lauren May Hemp scored four whilst Beth Mead, Ellen White and Allesia Russo all scored hat-tricks. Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway, Jessica Carter, Bethany England (2), Jill Scott and Jordan Hobbs rounded off the scoring in a game that saw the Lionesses record 64 shots at goal and 31 shots on target.
Their previous record win came in a 13-0 romp against Hungary in 2005, and more records were broken in the 9th minute when Ellen White became England’s all-time leading goalscorer.
This incredible victory means England’s women maintain their 100% record in their FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying group, topping the table with six wins out of six whilst scoring 53 goals without conceding.
However, the large scoreline raised questions over the validity of games between teams of such a disparity in quality. Speaking after the match, England’s national team head coach Sarina Wiegman said:
You want competitive games and these are not competitive games.
In every country you want to develop the women’s game but I don’t think it’s good that the scores are so high. I know it has the attention of the federations and I think that’s good as I don’t think 20-0 is good for the development of anyone.
We really need some top-level games now which we’re going to have [next year] because then we’ll really know where we are.
Watch All Twenty Goals
You can watch all twenty goals in the highlights below.
What’s next for England Lionesses?
Following the winter international break, England’s women continue their World Cup qualification campaign against North Macedonia and Northern Ireland in April before setting their sights on lifting the UEFA Women’s EURO title.