England experience 'massive' for Sunderland striker

Sunderland striker Beth Mead in action
Sunderland striker Beth Mead in action
Have your say

Sunderland striker Beth Mead believes she is a "better player" for her experience with the England squad, even if she didn't manage to feature this time.

Mead, along with Lady Black Cats keeper Rachael Laws, was part of the Lionesses' squad that travelled to China for matches against China and Australia.

And while Mead didn't get any game time, she insists time away with the England Women’s set-up will prove to be invaluable as she looks to develop her game further ahead of next season.

Mead said: "It was a different standard of football so I think it helped me as a player to test myself and train with the girls day in day out, and it’s made me a better player.”

“I did well in the league last season but at international level it’s completely different so it showed me as a player and opened my eyes to how high the standard is.

“I need to learn from these players and make myself a better player by being away from them, but I think the experience will be massive for me," added Mead, crowned last season's Women's Super League's top scorer after 12 goals in 14 games.

The China trip was a chance for Mead and Laws, to impress boss Mark Sampson and stake claims for a place in England’s squad against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Sunday, November 29 in the Euro 2017 qualifying match.

Mead was controversially overlooked for last month’s Euro tie in Estonia though the 20-year-old did get invited to train with the squad at St George’s Park ahead of the tie in Tallinn.