Beth Mead heads into the new season hungry for more success after tasting with England this summer.
The Lionesses stormed to victory at Euro 2022 and lifted the first major trophy in their history, with Mead playing a starring role in the campaign in which she finished with the Golden Boot after scoring six goals and as Player of the Tournament was awarded.
After a well-deserved break – including a holiday in Greece, where she says “a lot of grown men came up to me and said they cried when we won” – the Arsenal winger, 27, is now preparing to return in the use before .
On Wednesday, England manager Sarina Wiegman will name her squad for a doubles qualifier against Austria and Luxembourg on September 3-6, in which the team will try to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The 2022-23 Women’s Super League then begins the following weekend, with Arsenal – runners-up last season – opening with a game at Manchester City on September 11.
And Mead, who was in great form for club and country in 2021-22, said: “I loved last season, probably one of my best on a football pitch career-wise and for me it’s just (himself) hungry – you want more.
“I’m very motivated and hungry to try and repeat it and do it again. It might be a bit more pressure, but I’m looking forward to it.
“You feel like you’re winning something and you want it even more.”
Referring to England, she added: “When we meet at camp, maybe we’ll sit together as a group and think ‘wow, we actually did that’. But now we want to do more.
“As athletes, we never sit back and are satisfied with anything. Yes, we won a euro, we inspired a nation. But we still want more.”
Since claiming her individual Euro awards, Mead has been nominated for Ballon d’Or and UEFA Player of the Year and is the bookmakers’ favorite to be named BBC Sportswoman of the Year.
Mead says of this recognition that she’s “just trying to take it all in”, and regarding her holiday she said: “A lot of people knew us when I was out there in Greece. Lots of British holidaymakers.
“A lot of grown men came up to me and said they cried when we won. It was nice to see the smiles and the impact we had on people.
“I could have probably walked the road past the Emirates (stadium) this time last year and not one person would have stopped me and now people are stopping me left, right and centre. It’s very nice for people to take an interest in the game in general.”
Mead was speaking as she helped launch a Trainline campaign offering a £10 rail discount for travelers traveling to England’s professional women’s games this season.
And she said: “We have momentum because of the Euros and it’s nice that they (the Trainline) want to help the game develop and grow. The more we can get people to come and make it easier and more accessible, the better.”
:: Beth Mead has launched the Trainline ‘Tenner off Match Day Travel’ campaign, offering fans traveling to professional women’s matches £10 off train travel by going to thetrainline.com.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/wsl-beth-mead-lionesses-england-sarina-wiegman-b2151274.html Beth Mead hungry for more after a triumphant season with club and country