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Ellen White netted a hat-trick as the England women claimed a comfortable 6-0 win over Northern Ireland in interim manager Hege Riise’s opener on Tuesday.

England were playing their first international game in 11 months, but there was little sign of rusting on Sir Bobby Charlton’s pitch at St George’s Park.

Jill Scott won her 150th cap for England in the friendly, and after White’s double quickfire (18, 23), Lucy Bronze was also on target (29) in a dominant outing for the Lionesses.

White completed her hat trick four minutes into the interval before more strikes from Rachel Daly (67) and a penalty from Ella Toone (75) completed the rout.

Full match report to follow …

And after?

England The women will then face Canada on April 13 in a friendly match at a venue to be determined.

Qualifications for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, are also set to begin this year.

However, there is still no official date for the draw for the UEFA qualifying groups, and the FA has yet to confirm any further 2021 friendlies.

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