Ellen White scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Northern Ireland in Hege Riise's first game as temporary Lionesses boss.
In a friendly played at England's St George's Park training base, Norwegian Riise, overseeing the Lionesses squad until Sarina Wiegman takes charge after the summer Olympics, saw her side overwhelm the visitors in blustery conditions.
White's superb treble, a Lucy Bronze tap-in, Rachel Daly's close-range finish and an Ella Toone penalty made for a resounding win in England's first game in almost 12 months and first since the departure of manager Phil Neville.
And midfielder Jill Scott put in a commanding performance to mark her 150th England appearance, becoming only the second women's player to reach that tally after Fara Williams.
Kenny Shiels' depleted Northern Ireland failed to register a shot of any description but will now focus on the more pressing task of qualification for next year's Euros, when they play in April's play-off.
They had Becky Flaherty to thank for keeping the scoreline down, with the Sheffield United keeper making a string of superb saves, but the result reflected the 43 places between the sides in the world rankings.
- Reaction from England v Northern Ireland
Riise gets her attacking desire
Brought into the plug the gap between Neville and his successor Wiegman - who will take the reins after leading her native Netherlands at the Olympics - Riise had spoken of trying to bring attacking intent to this England team. They had stuttered to just three wins from Neville's final nine games in charge before a long period without matches as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And the Norway legend got precisely what she asked for, with the Lionesses moving the ball quickly from the back to create a flurry of opportunities.
White was the main beneficiary, moving on to 39 international goals, first by capitalising after being gifted the ball by the Northern Irish defence, nodding in Bronze's cross and then finishing a pass from Scott, who was given the captain's armband on her landmark 150th cap.
Bronze, the Fifa Best Women's Player of 2020, had tapped in Lauren Hemp's low cross before half-time and later rolled the ball across for Daly to bundle in, before debutant Toone scored from the spot after Rachel Holloway brought down Chloe Kelly.
England, who were also able to bring on Sandy MacIver, Ebony Salmon and Carlotte Wubben-Moy for debuts, have one more friendly, against Canada in April, before a Great Britain team will head to Japan for the Olympics, although the Football Association is yet to name who will manage the team in Tokyo.
Bigger games to come for Northern Ireland
Riise could well be on the coaching staff when it comes to selecting the Team GB squad, although few of the Northern Ireland team would have made a convincing argument for inclusion based on this game alone.
This result should not detract from the impressive progress Shiels' side have made, winning all four of their final group qualifiers at the end of last year to raise the prospect of reaching the European Championship.
Northern Ireland women will go to their first-ever major tournament if they can win April's two-legged play-off, against an as yet unknown opponent, but they will need a stronger performance and a more experienced squad to give themselves the best chance possible.
Northern Ireland arrived at St George's Park with a large swathe of their squad unavailable through injuries and work commitments, with sisters Kirsty and Caitlin McGuinness, first-choice keeper Jackie Burns and midfielder Demi Vance all missing out.
That meant there was a spot for 16-year-old Ella Haughey on the bench along with Holloway's first start at left-back and, while Burns' replacement Flaherty impressed between the sticks, the visitors hardly laid a glove on England, barely getting into the home side's half.
There were snippets of Shiels' continued desire to see his side play out from the back, but it frequently led to gifting the ball to England and ultimately led to a thumping defeat.
'We showed character' - what they said
England interim manager Hege Riise, speaking to BBC Sport: "Obviously [I'm pleased with] six goals, four players getting their first cap and that we pushed for 90 minutes and wanted more goals. We tried to find the pockets in between, run at them and I think we showed character.
"We probably could've scored more goals but the performance and energy that we put into the game was good."
On goalscorer Ellen White: "She's a leader and she always wants to score goals. She's always looking for runs into the box. Three goals and great goals."
Jill Scott, who won her 150th England cap, speaking to BBC Sport: "The game was really enjoyable. Really happy for Ella Toone and the other girls who made their debuts, so it's been a great day all round.
"Massive thanks to Steph [Houghton] for letting me have the captain's armband today. She's made so much effort to make sure it was a special day for me.
"I've been overwhelmed by all the messages, I was just trying to concentrate on the game but now I can finally relax. Everything I do is to just make my family proud but I don't think this has sunk in yet."
Player of the match
with an average of 8.38
N Ireland WomNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Squad number9Player nameWhite
Squad number8Player nameScott
Squad number2Player nameBronze
Squad number14Player nameToone
Squad number10Player nameNobbs
Squad number6Player nameWilliamson
Squad number11Player nameHemp
Squad number4Player nameStanway
Squad number3Player nameGreenwood
Squad number7Player nameDaly
Squad number5Player nameHoughton
Squad number17Player nameKelly
Squad number15Player nameWubben-Moy
Squad number19Player nameEngland
Squad number13Player nameSandy MacIver
Squad number20Player nameSalmon
Squad number1Player nameRoebuck
Squad number2Player nameBurrows
Squad number22Player nameWatling
Squad number3Player nameMcKenna
Squad number18Player nameMcDaniel
Squad number15Player nameKelly
Squad number14Player nameFinnegan
Squad number12Player nameFlaherty
Squad number11Player nameWade
Squad number17Player nameHolloway
Squad number5Player nameNelson
Squad number7Player nameMcCarron
Squad number13Player nameMagee
Squad number4Player nameRobson
Squad number16Player nameCaldwell
Squad number9Player nameMagill
Squad number8Player nameCallaghan
Squad number10Player nameFurness
1RoebuckSubstituted forMacIverat 61'minutes
6WilliamsonSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 75'minutes
7DalySubstituted forSalmonat 84'minutes
10NobbsSubstituted forTooneat 45'minutes
11HempSubstituted forKellyat 61'minutes
9WhiteSubstituted forEnglandat 76'minutes
N Ireland Wom
4RobsonSubstituted forKellyat 84'minutes
17HollowaySubstituted forFinneganat 83'minutes
11WadeSubstituted forMcDanielat 73'minutes
7McCarronSubstituted forMcKennaat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
16CaldwellSubstituted forBurrowsat 84'minutes
8CallaghanSubstituted forWatlingat 58'minutes
Referee: Lorraine Watson
Home TeamEnglandAway TeamN Ireland Wom
Shots on Target
Match ends, England 6, Northern Ireland Women 0.
Second Half ends, England 6, Northern Ireland Women 0.
Attempt saved. Beth England (England) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucy Bronze with a cross.
Rebecca McKenna (Northern Ireland Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Chloe Kelly (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Rebecca McKenna (Northern Ireland Women).
Foul by Jill Scott (England).
Toni Leigh Finnegan (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lucy Bronze (England).
Rachel Furness (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Charlotte Wubben-Moy (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Dangerous play by Abbie Magee (Northern Ireland Women).
Offside, England. Stephanie Houghton tries a through ball, but Ebony Salmon is caught offside.
Foul by Georgia Stanway (England).
Julie Nelson (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, England. Conceded by Toni Leigh Finnegan.
Substitution, England. Ebony Salmon replaces Rachel Daly.
Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Samantha Kelly replaces Sarah Robson.
Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Kelsie Burrows replaces Nadene Caldwell.
Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Toni Leigh Finnegan replaces Rebecca Holloway.
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