Ellen White got England’s women back on level terms as they came from behind to beat New Zealand 3-1 on Monday afternoon.
The Lionnesses headed into the game knowing only victory would do after a win and a defeat in their previous games in Cyprus.
However, it wasn’t the best start when Amber Hearn capitalised on Rachel Yankey’s loose pass to fire the ‘Football Ferns’ ahead after just seven minutes. But two goals in two minutes from Aylesbury footballer White and Eniola Aluko put Hope Powell’s side ahead midway through the second half before Toni Duggan sealed the win in the last minute.
Former Grange School pupil White got the equaliser on 71 minutes as she picked up Aluko’s pass on the right, advanced to the edge of the box and unleashed an angled drive into the far corner.
It gave Hope Powell’s side the impetus to push for the vital win and the Arsenal striker will now hope to keep her place when the Lionesses face Canada on Wednesday in a repeat of the 2009 final.