Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Ella Toone makes history with stunning World Cup goal for England against Australia

Ella Toone has entered English football’s history books with her stunning strike in the World Cup semi-final.

The Manchester United midfielder found the net for the Lionesses against tournament co-hosts Australia, getting on the end of Alessia Russo’s flick to put England 1-0 up.

Toone has made the history booksGetty

After scoring England’s opener in the semi-finalGetty

But aside from leaving England fans down under and back home in awe, the Lionesses ace has also set a new record.

Toone’s semi-final goal makes her the first England player, for both the men’s and women’s teams, to score in a quarter-final, semi-final and final of major international tournaments.

Aside from the strike against the Matildas, the 23-year-old also netted in two of the knockout games at Euro 2022.

Toone scored against Spain in the quarter-final and went on to score the opening goal in the final against Germany, too, with the Lionesses going on to win the tournament on home soil.

“What a goal! What a fantastic goal, what a strike,” ex-England striker and talkSPORT’s co-commentator for the game Lianne Sanderson said following Toone’s opener.

“She knew exactly what she was doing, pinged it top corner. I’ve been critical of Toone, but absolutely amazing. She deserves that.”

Australia’s superstar Sam Kerr scored a rocket from 25-yards out shortly after the hour mark to bring her country level in her first start of the tournament.

But Lauren Hemp quickly stepped up to calm England’s nerves, putting them back in front after latching on to Millie Bright’s long ball.

Toone and England look poised to reach the finalGetty

What a goal Ella Toone #FIFAWWC #ENG #AUS

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 16, 2023

England will make history again should they advance to the final, with the Lionesses never making it to that stage of the competition before.

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