Mead called up to senior England squad

Beth Mead has been called up to the senior England Ladies squad
Beth Mead has been called up to the senior England Ladies squad

Hinderwell’s Beth Mead has been named in the latest England Ladies squad.

It is the first time that the Sunderland striker has been selected by Lionesses’ head coach Mark Sampson, and comes on the back of her finishing the 2015 season as the top-scorer in the FA Women’s Super League’s first division.

Mead told the Whitby Gazette: “I am over the moon to be involved in the England squad heading to China, what an experience it will be.

“It gives me and some of the other girls to prove ourselves at international level and I’m ready to show Mark [Sampson] and the England girls what I’m capable of.

“I’m so excited, I just can’t wait to go.”

Mead has represented England at various age group levels up to under-23s and has also been training with the senior team in recent weeks.

She will now will take her place in a 21-person squad to compete in the CFA international tournament in China.

The Lionesses will travel to Yong Chuan, Chongging on October 19 to tackle Australia and China.

Head coach Sampson said: “I am delighted to welcome the new players into the group. They have all shown potential with their clubs or when they trained with our group prior to the World Cup.

“The tournament is an opportunity for the team to continue to grow and a chance for our new players to lay down a marker and demonstrate their international capabilities.

“The player pool in England is growing and creating strong competition for places is crucial to driving our players and our team to the next level.”