Ellen White Profile
|Born||May 09, 1989|
WSL record-breaker also notched six goals at the 2019 Women's World Cup, finishing as joint top scorer.
Ellen White is a professional footballer who plays for Manchester City in the FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) and the England Women's National Team.
In the past, White played for Chelsea, Leeds Carnegie, Arsenal, Notts County and Birmingham City.
White is locked in perennial battle with Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema for the honour of being the top scorer in the history of the FA WSL. The pair of them have both surpassed Nikita Parris' previous record of 49 FA WSL goals.
Early days at Arsenal and move to Chelsea
White was reportedly spotted by Arsenal Ladies scouts at the age of eight. She stayed at the club until the age of 16, when she left to join London rivals Chelsea.
After stints at Chelsea and Leeds Carnegie, White returned to Arsenal in July 2010 and won three league titles and two FA Cup titles with the North London club.
White joined Chelsea in 2005 and was top scorer for the club in three successive seasons before leaving for Leeds Carnegie in 2008.
White spent two years with Leeds. A cruciate ligament injury kept her out for some time shortly after joining the club, but she was clinical for them when she was able to play and she scored twice as Leeds beat Everton in the final of the FA Women's Super League Cup.
Injury-hit spell at Notts County
Having returned to Arsenal for her second successful spell, White left the Gunners and joined Notts County at the end of the 2013 season, signing a three-year contract. However, White suffered an ACL injury in April and consequently missed the whole of the 2014 WSL campaign.
White was more influential in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but ultimately scored only six WSL goals in 24 appearances for Notts County.
Birmingham switch and Man City move
In 2017, White left Notts County to join Birmingham City upon the expiration of her contract. She regained her prolific goalscoring form in Birmingham colours, netting 15 times in 14 WSL appearances in the 2017/18 season.
White scored the decisive penalty against Chelsea to take Birmingham City to the FA Women's Cup final in 2017. However, Birmingham lost 4-1 to Manchester City in the final.
White continued her prolific goalscoring for Birmingham and earned a move to Manchester City in May 2019, signing a two-year contract.
Having suffered a knee injury, which required surgery, White missed the beginning of the 2019/20 FA WSL season. However, she soon made up for it with her prolific goalscoring form. Her first goal for Manchester City was against former club Birmingham in the League Cup.
On February 7, 2021, she became the all-time top goalscorer in the FA WSL with 55 (Miedema had 54 at the time).
England stardom - and World Cup heroics
White played for England Women from Under-17 level upwards. She scored on her senior debut against Austria as England won 3-0 in March 2010.
After making the Lionesses' squad for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, White repaid her selectors with a stunning goal in a 2-0 group-stage win over Japan, who would go on to win the tournament.
White was part of the Team GB women's side which made the quarter-finals of the football tournament at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
White was selected in England's squad for UEFA Euro 2013, but she struggled during the tournament, receiving limited service from her team-mates.
She recovered from an ACL injury in time to feature for England at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, but despite scoring three times in World Cup qualifying, she failed to score for Mark Sampson's side at the finals as the Lionesses finished third - their best-ever World Cup campaign.
White scored in a 6-0 win over Scotland at the 2017 Women's European Championship, but England were eliminated in the semi-finals by the Netherlands.
She was joint-top goalscorer at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, netting twice against Germany as England finished second. The following year, they won the tournament, with White scoring against Brazil.
At the 2019 Women's World Cup, White scored in England's opening game against Scotland and then bagged a brace in the Lionesses' last group-stage game against Japan.
She scored her fourth goal of the tournament in the last-16 match against Cameroon and then added another for Phil Neville's side in a 3-0 quarter-final win over Norway. In the semi-final against the USA, White levelled the scores at 1-1, but saw a second goal disallowed by VAR. She also won a penalty for England, but that was not converted and the defending champions won 2-1, with England going on to lose to Sweden in the third-place play-off.
White finished as joint-top goalscorer at the World Cup, picking up a total of six goals at the tournament.
She scored in a 2-1 defeat to Germany at Wembley Stadium in front of a record 77,768 supporters in November 2019 and then netted a hat-trick in a 6-0 drubbing of Northern Ireland in 2021.
Ellen White personal life
White is married to Callum Convery and grew up supporting West Ham United.
"I used to love Upton Park," she was quoted as saying by The Sun.
"The atmosphere was incredible, chanting all the songs, we were pretty much hooligans at those West Ham games.
"My dad took me to watch them train when I was a kid and I got Dicks' and Frank Lampard's signature. I don't know why but I loved Julian Dicks.
"I thought he was amazing, left-footer, the way he took penalties was insane. He was a bit off his head but he was so passionate and loved the game.
"Being a West Ham fan you have to be a very passionate supporter.
"I feel like in my household, me, my mum, dad, brother and sister, we're very emotional West Ham fans. We love the club so it was kind of engrained in us."
Ellen White net worth
White's precise net worth is unknown. However, the Daily Mail reported in 2019 that she earned around Â£60,000 per year and that England's players stood to earn potential bonuses of approximately Â£50,000 each if they won the FIFA Women's World Cup.