Sunderland Ladies striker Beth hopes for England debut

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Sunderland Ladies striker Beth Mead is keeping her fingers crossed for her England debut as the Lionesses prepare for the opening test of the two-international tour of China.

England play Australia tomorrow ahead of Tuesday’s match against the host nation and Mead is in the England party along with club-mate Rachael Laws.

Both games are against sides who were World Cup competitors and will be hard opposition.

But for Mead it’s a thrill to get the opportunity to pull on an England jersey.

The Sunderland hotshot’s year started with selection for the national Under-20 squad, but such was her form in the Women’s Super League there was controversy when she was ignored for the England squad playing in Estonia in the Euro 2017 qualifier last month.

Mead said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. Australia are a hard team to play against and China are good technically.

“Both will be tough tests against highly-rated sides, but if I am called upon I will be looking to show I can play at this level.”