Women's World Cup: England striker Ellen White explains unusual reason behind 'goggles' celebration

White scored England's decisive second in win over Scotland

Mark Critchley
Tuesday 11 June 2019 00:46
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Ellen White has revealed that her ‘goggles’ celebration was a nod to her love of the Bundesliga and Cologne striker Anthony Modeste.

White scored England’s decisive second goal in the 2-1 victory over Scotland on Sunday at the Women’s World Cup.

The 30-year-old celebrated in her trademark fashion, cupping her eyes with her fingers, in a nod to her love of German football.

White is a fan of Cologne and drew inspiration for the celebration from Modeste, a one-time Blackburn Rovers frontman who celebrates in a similar fashion.

“I like watching the Bundesliga,” White said. “I support Cologne and striker Anthony Modeste, that’s his celebration.

“My husband was like, why don’t you do that? But I’ve started something I can’t really stop now!

“We just love German football and went over there on a break and loved the atmosphere and the football,” she added.

White was one of England’s most impressive performers in Nice and initially saw a goal ruled out for offside, not long before adding England’s second.

“I had prematurely been doing my celebration for that offside one,” she said. “It’s an incredible feeling. To score in a goal in a World Cup is a dream.

“I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet and contribute but for us it’s about starting this competition, we’re in it now.

“I probably should have put a few more away, but it’s about winning these games. Hopefully I’ll be a bit more ruthless maybe, next game.”

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