Ellen White scored a hat-trick as England Women secured a comfortable 6-0 win over Northern Ireland during interim boss Hege Riise’s first game in charge on Tuesday.
England were playing their first international fixture in 11 months, but there were few signs of rust on the Sir Bobby Charlton pitch at St George’s Park.
Jill Scott earned her 150th cap for England during the friendly, and after White’s quickfire double (18, 23), Lucy Bronze was also on target (29) during a dominant outing from the Lionesses.
White completed her hat-trick four minutes after the interval before further strikes from Rachel Daly (67) and an Ella Toone penalty (75) completed the rout.
Full match report to follow…
England Women next face Canada on April 13 in a friendly at a venue to be decided.
Qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, should also commence this year.
However, there is still no official date for when the draw will be made for the UEFA qualifying groups, nor has the FA yet confirmed any other 2021 friendlies.