Beth Mead snubbed by England Women manager Mark Sampson despite 11 WSL1 goals

Beth Mead in action for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID.
Beth Mead in action for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID.
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Mark Sampson has overlooked Beth Mead for his first England squad since the bronze medal success in Canada.

There was widespread speculation that the Sunderland striker could earn her first senior call-up after a stunning debut season in the Women’s Super League.

This has opened the door for a new group of players who have shown strong qualities over the course of the season and deserve an opportunity

MARK SAMPSON

But Sampson has snubbed the WSL1’s leading scorer for the Euro qualifier in Estonia on September 21.

The head coach has not been afraid to make changes and several well-established stars miss out, like Karen Carney, Katie Chapman, Jodie Taylor and Lianne Sanderson, though he hinted the omissions could be fitness related.

Certainly that would appear to be the case with Jordan Nobbs, who has been left out having just recovered from injury.

But Sampson has introduced new blood, notably diminutive midfielder Izzy Christiansen, who headed in Manchester City’s winner against Sunderland on Sunday.

“It’s important that we keep building on the momentum from the World Cup and keep improving,” Sampson told BBC2’s Women’s Football Show.

“Some of the tournament squad have yet to recover fully from injuries sustained over the course of the season and we have left some players who would have been selected out to continue their rehab work.

“This has opened the door for a new group of players who have shown strong qualities over the course of the season and deserve an opportunity.”

But Mead, despite 11 goals, including a hat-trick against champions-elect Chelsea was not deemed one of them.

There is a strong North East influence with five former Sunderland players included, led by skipper Steph Houghton.

Man City comrades Jill Scott and Lucy Bronze join her while there is a recall for South Shields-born left-back Demi Stokes.

Tynesider Carly Telford, the only member of the 23-player squad in Canada not to get any game-time at the World Cup, is selected as one of the three keepers.