Beth Mead: Watch us perform

Beth Mead says she can the handle pressure of firing England Women to U20 World Cup glory and warned – “We are a force to be reckoned with.”

The prolific Sunderland Ladies’ striker will fly out to Canada on Saturday having been selected in Mo Marley’s squad for the tournament in North America.

The talented 19-year-old hotshot has earned a reputation for herself with her scoring exploits in recent seasons, scoring 58 goals over the past two years. And with seven goals in 11 games for the Black Cats this season, she has been tipped to have a major impact at the World Cup – a pressure she is relishing in.

“Keep your eyes open and hopefully watch us all perform”

Beth Mead

“Having that added expectation upon me adds a bit of pressure but that can be good and is something that motivates me,” said Mead.

“Whatever happens, I won’t let it affect me in a negative way. We have a whole host of unbelievable players to watch out for who are young but experienced players. So keep your eyes open and hopefully watch us all perform to our full potential.”

England will play their first game against South Korea on Wednesday 6 August, with Mexico on Saturday 9 August and finally Nigeria on Wednesday 13 August. With the talent included in the squad, Mead believes that the Young Lioness’ can go all the way.

“We have a very strong side and if everyone performs to their full ability we are a force to be reckoned with.”

She added: “I was over the moon when I found out that I had been selected, but at the same time shocked. I’m one of the 21 girls selected to represent my country, it’s surreal.

“Of course it’s a new challenge and new stepping stone in my career and I intend to grab the opportunity with both hands. I love playing so every game is going to be an exciting game for me, it’s the World Cup!”

You can watch Mead and her team-mates in action live from the FIFA U20 World Cup live on British Eurosport.