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Ellen White on a sense of humor after the heartbreak of the 2019 World Cup


As the majors come to a close, there’s a lot you need to do to improve England’s loss in the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

A narrow 2-1 loss to the imperious USWNT, coupled with a missed penalty and a denied goal for the most marginal of VAR offside decisions, ended the Lionesses’ run in France in the final four legs and left top scorer Ellen White, naturally emotional full-time. .

But in her post-match interview, when the Manchester City forward was asked if England could have done more, she wiped a tear, laughed and replied:


After such a scary result, how did she manage to develop a sense of humor?

“To be at that point, obviously, you gave your all to make it into the World Cup final and being beaten at the last moment was really heartbreaking,” White said. 90min.

“But for me, I’m all about sarcasm and trying to laugh at things… and probably because I didn’t want to cry on live TV anymore. I cried early in the interview so I was trying to redeem myself a little bit.

“For these interviews it’s a challenge, but you just have to stay humble and try to think that there is always something around the corner. For me, I try to do it with a sense of humor.

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White scored England’s semi-final equalizer against the United States and saw another goal scored for offside | Quality sports images / Getty Images

England’s semi-final loss saw Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis both play for the United States, and the duo have since joined White at Man City.

They helped City achieve FA Cup glory in November, but were also a success off the pitch, with the USWNT’s famous winning mentality extending to their initiation songs as the pair went. beyond by offering their new teammates a “unique special”. choreographed dance routine.

Nine of Man City’s current members were part of England’s 2019 World Cup squad – is the semi-final already mentioned?

“Yeah, I’ve mentioned it a few times,” White laughs. “I said, ‘why didn’t you come in with your gold medals just to rub all our faces?’

Sam Mewis, Ellen White
White and Mewis are now teammates at Man City | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

“I’m like, ‘Yeah, come on and wear your gold medal, it’ll be just funny to finish everyone off.’ But they’re too humble, they’re too nice to throw this in our face to be honest, so I don’t think they would talk about it. It’s just me lifting it up and trying to make them laugh. “

With their summer rookies and new boss Gareth Taylor, City have really started to hit their pace ahead of the Christmas break and can move within two points of rivals Manchester United if they win their game in hand.

The introduction of United and the Manchester derby added another dynamic to the WSL, with both teams drawing a memorable 2-2 draw in November following the breathless 3-2 FA Cup victory in January when a double from White proved decisive. .

It’s a rivalry that the supporters have gotten themselves into, and White says the players are equally invested.

“I think it’s ingrained in you. As soon as you are part of a club like Man City or United, it’s in you.

“When you go up against each other it’s such a great rivalry, it’s a game to be won and it’s all about competitiveness. There really is a great rivalry there and it’s exciting to be in the women’s game now, it’s been a long time to come. ”

Players on both sides of the Manchester division could put their differences aside this summer to help form the GB team’s Olympic squad for Tokyo 2021. For women’s football in the UK, the London games there are. The nine-year-old marked the first time that sport really entered mainstream consciousness. .

For White, a sports fanatic who hosts her own podcast with two-time Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead, it wasn’t just competing on the biggest sports scene of all she loved, but mixing it with such a range of sports. ‘athletes.

Dunia Susi, Ellen White, Claire Rafferty
White was part of the GB team at London 2012 | Julian Finney / Getty Images

“For me, playing women’s football, being obviously English, playing at the Olympics, we haven’t really been able to do that,” White says. “So being able to go into 2012 and all kinds of stars lined up so that we could be Team GB, that was an incredible opportunity.

“There are so many different sports and I think that’s what I absolutely loved: being in the Olympic Village and being able to talk to so many different athletes who have so many different stories, who train their entire lives. right now and have so many different paths to get to where they are. It was really interesting: talking to people from different walks of life. “

It was a quarter-final at the London Olympics for Team GB after a 2-0 loss to Canada. We haven’t asked White what more they can do to progress further in Tokyo – but we think we can attempt the answer.


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