Beth England has admitted that she was ‘ecstatic’ after scoring her first senior goal for the Lionesses in their 2-1 defeat to Brazil at The Riverside Stadium this afternoon.
The 25-year-old has had to bide her time for senior call-ups despite taking the FA Women’s Super League by storm in the last two seasons with Liverpool and Chelsea.
England was introduced as a 74th-minute substitute against Brazil in Middlesbrough but made a significant impact, scoring an impressive header to pull a goal back for the Lionesses.
Speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after the match, England admitted that scoring her first senior international goal was a special moment but the occasion would have been made even sweeter with a win.
“I am absolutely ecstatic” said England. “I’m just gutted that we didn’t get the result which we came here for.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team and I am just gutted that we didn’t get the result even though we were so dominant in the first half.”
England wasn’t far away from rescuing her side a draw, heading into the arms of Barbara shortly after her goal. The striker said that she wasn’t concerned by the fact that she was unable to convert the chance.
She joked “If that one had have gone in I don’t know how I would have celebrated, I probably would have sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate with my family.
“You score some and you don’t so it is what it is.
“It felt like we had another goal in us but unfortunately, we didn’t.”
England could make her full debut for the Lionesses on Tuesday evening when they face Portugal in Setubal.