Ellen White: Notts County striker has World Cup in mind

By Andrew AloiaBBC Sport
Ellen White in England action against Canada in 2014
Ellen White has scored 17 goals in 47 England appearances

Notts County striker Ellen White has not given up on her England World Cup dream after scoring on her club return after an 11-month injury lay-off.

White made her Notts debut in Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round win over Tottenham.

A serious knee injury prevented the ex-Arsenal forward from featuring in a competitive game for Notts in 2014.

"You can't not think about the World Cup because it is such an amazing achievement to be involved in it," White, 25, told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"But now I'm looking for form for Notts and minutes on the pitch and goals. Anything else is an absolute bonus."

White, who has 17 goals in 47 games for England, signed for the Lady Magpies in December 2013.

Ellen White
Ellen White (number nine) played at the 2011 World Cup, where England reached the last eight

But she was injured in a pre-season friendly and had to watch from the sidelines as Notts finished sixth in the eight-team Women's Super League One last season.

And although playing in the World Cup in Canada in June is an enticing prospect, the Notts vice-captain says her focus has to be on her domestic form after such a long period out of action.

She continued: "It's been fantastic to be here for over a year now and it has been a long-awaited debut, but I couldn't have asked for a better one really.

"All that emotion showed as I punched my fist in the air. I was happy to get on the scoresheet. It's an amazing feeling to be back with the team and back on the pitch.

"It was quite an emotional performance for me. I just wanted to work hard and I was pretty tired at the end."

Notts host last season's WSL 1 runners-up Chelsea in their first league game on Sunday.

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