Three Lions lifeline as Beth wins new call-up

Hinderwell's Beth Mead scores for Sunderland ladies against Reading
Hinderwell's Beth Mead scores for Sunderland ladies against Reading
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WHITBY Community College student Beth Mead will be jetting off to Turkey this summer to represent the Three Lions.

Mead (17) has been called up to the England Women’s under-19 squad for the UEFA European Championship Finals in July.

A delighted Beth told the Whitby Gazette this week: “I am so excited to be playing for my country for three weeks in Turkey.

“It will be an amazing opportunity and not a lot of people can say they’ve done it.”

She was selected for England’s under-17s’ UEFA Championship second qualifying round clashes with Iceland, Belgium and Switzerland in March but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury.

The Sunderland Ladies star sees her opportunity in Turkey this summer as a chance to make up for the disappointment of missing out on playing for the under-17s.

Beth added: “I was meant to go to the second qualifying round with the under-17s but I had to pull out with a knee injury.

“I was devastated. I have been given a lifeline and a second chance by the under-19s coach, Mo Marley.

“Last week was only my first training camp with the under-19s so Mo must have been impressed with me to have put me straight in at the deep end.”

Mick Mulhern, Beth’s coach at Sunderland, added: “I am delighted that Beth is involved.

“She has developed massively during the last season, being involved in some big games and occasions.

“I have no doubt that her mentality will be an asset to England in the Euro Tournament.”

England have been drawn alongside Spain, Serbia and Sweden at the finals, having qualified for the tournament courtesy of topping their Elite Qualifying Round group with three wins from three matches.

Beth and England kick-off their campaign against Sweden on Monday 2 July.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Beth to help pay for travel and equipment costs should contact her family on (01947) 840051 or 07779 819795.