White did not play well against Belgium last week and missed a string of chances she would normally be expected to convert. However, her pedigree at this level and proven tournament record have always put her ahead of Beth England in the pecking order.
The fact her understudy underwhelmed against the Dutch boosted her chances of coming straight back into the side when fully fit. It seems inconceivable that anyone other than White will start through the middle against Austria.
This was a big night for the Chelsea striker in the absence of Ellen White, but she failed the audition. Beth England did ok, but nothing more than that. It will not be enough to dislodge White as first choice No 9 and she may well be under threat from Manchester United’s Alessia Russo who replaced her just after the hour mark in Leeds and impressed.
It just did not click for Beth England and it has been like this for much of her international career. She has scored eight goals in 18 appearances, but they have come against the likes of Latvia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. Only one, against Brazil, came against top-level opponents.