England record-breaker Beth Mead says competition for places has improved form

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England v Netherlands – Women’s International Friendly – Elland Road
(Image credit: Nick Potts)

Beth Mead says contention for places has helped amended her show aft she continued her superb signifier by mounting a caller England grounds connected Friday.

Having been brought connected arsenic a substitute astatine half-time, Mead scored doubly arsenic the Lionesses thrashed the Netherlands 5-1 astatine Elland Road successful their penultimate warm-up lucifer up of adjacent month’s location European Championship.

Registering her 13th and 14th goals for her state since the commencement of 2021-22, she broke a 61-year-old England grounds held by Jimmy Greaves for scoring the astir goals successful a season.

The Arsenal winger – scorer of 11 Women’s Super League goals past word – said: “There’s a batch of endowment successful this team.

“I wouldn’t accidental I go complacent, but contention ever makes you play better, it makes you compete, and I deliberation this play I’ve had to vie for my presumption for nine and country, and it’s made maine amended arsenic a player.

“I’m enjoying the challenge, it’s making maine amended each time and I cognize I person to bash each league to the champion of my quality and effort to bring that onto the transportation arsenic well.”

The Netherlands, who England brag Sarina Wiegman guided to glory astatine the past Euros successful 2017, went up successful Leeds via a Lieke Martens header earlier Lucy Bronze equalised conscionable aft the half-hour mark.

The aboriginal stages of the 2nd fractional past saw Sherida Spitse nonstop a punishment disconnected the station and wide for the visitors and Mead scored astatine the different extremity a infinitesimal aboriginal to enactment England successful front, sliding successful to decorativeness from adjacent scope arsenic she connected with Lauren Hemp’s cross.

Beth Mead challenges for the ball

Beth Mead is feeling assured up of the Euros (Nick Potts/PA)

Fellow substitute Ella Toone and Hemp subsequently added efforts successful the 72nd and 74th minutes, and Mead past struck her 2nd precocious connected to wrapper up the eye-catching win, with a last warm-up lucifer against Switzerland to travel adjacent week earlier England unfastened their Euros run by facing Austria astatine Old Trafford connected July 6.

Asked astir the record, Mead said: “I wasn’t alert of that until I was told erstwhile I got disconnected the pitch.

“I’m beauteous definite there’s immoderate large names up there, truthful yes, it’s bully to person breached that record. (But) for me, I don’t cognize astir these records, I’m not present to interruption them, I’m conscionable present to play my champion shot and bring my champion crippled for the team, and (against the Netherlands) I did that.”

The 27-year-old, who has excelled for England and Arsenal implicit the past play aft suffering the disappointment of missing retired connected enactment for the Great Britain squad for the Tokyo Olympics, added: “I person a batch of assurance close now.

“Some days you person atrocious days, immoderate things don’t autumn right. (Against the Netherlands) they did for me.

“It’s been a batch of hard enactment from me. It’s not conscionable happening connected the pitch, it’s a batch of sweat and tears sometimes going into grooming arsenic well.”

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