Aylesbury’s Ellen White is flying home from Euro 2013 after she and her England Women teammates slumped to a heavy 3-0 defeat in their final must-win group game against France on Thursday night.
Former Grange pupil White was starved of service all tournament as England lost 3-2 in the opener to Spain, scraped a 1-1 draw against Russia on Monday and were then thumped by the French to seal their fate.
The Lionesses complete what has been a miserable calendar year for English football with the men’s side not yet certain to reach next year’s World Cup in Rio and the U20 and U21 sides faring terribly in summer competitions.
There was little White, the current England Women’s player of the year, could do to help the team’s cause out in Sweden with only a handful of half chances throughout the three games.
The Fairford Leys woman had vowed to ‘fight until the very end’ going into the crunch game. But the reality was that the match was settled in little over an hour as the French cruised into a 3-0 lead which could have been more.
After the match the future of White’s long-serving manager, Hope Powell, was called into question by pundits.