Hinderwell hotshot Beth Mead has described her call-up for England in the FIFA Women’s U20s World Cup next month as “a dream come true.”
The 19-year-old, a striker for Sunderland in the FA Women’s Super League, is in the squad for the Three Lions’ games in Group C, where they will take on South Korea, Mexico and Nigeria.
Talking to the Gazette this week about the tournament in Canada, Mead said: “It’s a dream come true.
“It’s hard to put into words but I’ve worked so hard for this moment and intend to take it with two hands.”
Mead, a former student at Whitby Community College, is definitely in the World Cup mood after enjoying the men’s tournament in Brazil, which reaches a conclusion on Sunday with the final between Germany and Argentina.
“I’ve loved watching it – some players have really come out their shell but I was really disappointed with England.”
Mead is also enjoying a fine season with her club side Sunderland, although they fell to their first defeat of the season at the weekend when they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City, ending a run of six consecutive league wins.
Mead has seven strikes in 10 games.
The last time England reached an U20 World Cup was in 2010, when they faced opposition from Mexico and Nigeria. Three former Sunderland players were members of that squad – Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes and Jordan Nobbs– and have since gone on to earn senior team recognition.