White is in no Russia to come home

England women striker Ellen White
England women striker Ellen White
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Aylesbury’s Ellen White says England Women must learn from their mistakes when they face Russia this afternoon (Monday) after a 3-2 defeat to Spain in their opening match of Euro 2013 on Friday night.

The Three Lions twice came from behind in Linköping, the second equaliser from Laura Bassett coming in the 89th minute, but Alexia Putellas’s header deep into added time gave Ignacio Querada’s side an opening day win.

White and her Lioness teammates had gone a remarkable 16 months unbeaten until a 4-1 pre-tournament warm-up defeat to host nation Sweden last week – in which White scored England’s goal.

But the Fairford Leys star knows England can and will play better as they face the Russians at 5pm today, live on BBC Two.

She told the FA’s official website: “Obviously we’re disappointed to have lost the game. We got ourselves back in it twice and we thought we could come away with a draw, but we were unlucky in the end.

“There are a lot of lessons for us to learn. We weren’t at the races for the first five minutes. We conceded early and that clicked us into gear.”

Former Grange School pupil White is confident her teammates can still qualify, though.

“We will stick together as a team but we will look back at it, analyse it and learn from it,” she said.

“We’ve still got two games to qualify for the quarter-finals so we need to put this one to bed.

“Hopefully we can come away with the win which is what we need now.”

England’s final group game is against France on Thursday night at 7.30pm, live on BBC Three.