'I feel really proud' - Former Leeds striker plays starring role as Team GB start Tokyo Olympics with a bang

Great Britain's opening football victory of the Tokyo Olympics had a strong connection to Leeds.

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 6:03 pm

Hege Riise's women's football side began their quest for glory in Japan by taking on Chile and enjoyed a 2-0 victory thanks to an Ellen White double.

Aylesbury-born White has been with Manchester City since May 2019 but the forward spent two years with Leeds Carnegie between June 2008 and July 2010 before leaving to join Arsenal.

Her brace helped Team GB begin the summer's Games in perfect style and White was proud to play a starring role.

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TOKYO TONIC: For former Leeds striker Ellen White, right, pictured celebrating her brace in a 2-0 victory against Chile at the delayed 2020 Olympics with Christiane Endler, left. Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images.

“I’m obviously delighted to contribute to the team winning, to score two goals. I feel really proud to open the Olympics with Team GB," said White.

"Collectively as a whole squad and staff, we’ve worked tremendously hard up to this moment and I feel proud of the whole squad."

Assessing the next upcoming matches against Japan and Canada, White said: "It doesn’t stop here for us, we now look forward to facing Japan.

"I feel really delighted with where I am at, at the moment, but I feel that there is more to come. As a squad, I feel we can still grow and get better as the tournament goes on.”

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Thank you Laura Collins