Manchester City forward Ellen White says that she is excited at the prospect of facing two ‘Tier One’ opponents with England in the coming days.
The Lionesses play France in Caen tomorrow night before hosting Canada at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke on Tuesday evening.
Speaking in an England press conference in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present, White said that she is excited by the level of opposition which England will be challenging themselves against over the course of the next few days.
“I’m excited to play France, a massive calibre of a team,” said White. “We feel excited for this match and then to come back and face Canada as well.
“The opposition that we are facing are pretty much Tier One opposition, they’re fantastic teams. We are putting ourselves against the best of the best really and seeing what we’ve done in training hopefully come to fruition, building on partnerships, relationships, the philosophy of Hege (Riise) and what she wants for this England team.
“I think we are all excited for these games.”
White netted a hat-trick in her last England outing, a 6-0 win against Northern Ireland almost two months ago. That game was interim head coach Hege Riise’s first game in charge and White believes that the Norwegian coach can work wonders with the Lionesses.
“She has literally won everything,” said White. “I want to pick her brain. It is exciting to know what she has achieved in the game and what she can bring to this England squad.
“She is a great coach, a great person and I think she is going to do great things for us as a squad.”
White will collect her 94th senior international cap for England should she feature against France in Caen. While the player has bags of international experience, she admits that the novelty of representing her country never grows old.
“Playing for England and coming and linking-up with the squad is always a dream, I am always so privileged,” White added. “To be able to travel to play France who are a phenomenal team, we are excited and we can’t wait for the match.”
England’s international friendly fixture against France is scheduled to kick-off at 8.10pm tomorrow night and will be available for fans to watch live on BBC Four.