Arsenal winger Beth Mead says she has used the frustration of lacking out on the Olympics as motivation this season.
Mead, 26, has scored three targets in Arsenal’s opening two Ladies’s Tremendous League video games, incomes an England name for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
It comes after she was ignored for Workforce GB at Tokyo 2020.
“I feel I’ve channelled my disappointment of non-selection for the Olympics in the suitable approach,” she stated.
“I am delighted with the best way I’ve began the season. I feel I’ve simply obtained my head down via pre-season, carried out effectively and fortunately for me it is beginning to present on the pitch in the mean time.”
Arsenal, who appointed Jonas Eidevall as head coach in June, have begun the WSL season with two wins.
“You possibly can see in the mean time that his model of play actually fits me,” she informed BBC Sport.
“I am actually having fun with my soccer within the position that he is given me.”
The Lionesses face North Macedonia on Friday, earlier than travelling to Luxembourg 4 days later, in what will likely be former Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman’s first matches as Lionesses head coach.
‘The setbacks inspire me extra’
In addition to lacking out on the Olympics, Mead was omitted from interim head coach Hege Riise’s Lionesses squad again in February.
“I suppose you may say that I’ve channelled the frustration of my non-selection for the Olympics in the suitable approach,” Mead stated.
“As a participant, you typically assume ‘why me?’ and also you usually query what you’ve got been doing and whether or not there was the rest you may have carried out higher, however that is half and parcel of soccer, sadly.
“When issues do not go proper for me in the best way that I hoped they might, I need to show folks improper and it motivates me extra to not be in that place once more.”
‘Excited’ not ‘involved’ by competitors for locations at Arsenal
Following the arrival of head coach Eidevall, Mead has needed to cope with extra competitors in a new-look Arsenal squad containing summer time signings Nikita Parris and Tobin Heath.
The winger stated she was “not involved” by the arrival of Parris and Heath, however has used it as motivation to “get to the subsequent degree this season”.
“I used to be excited to work with these sorts of gamers,” she stated.
“I imagine in my capacity. I do know final season I did not get to the place I needed to be and I simply channelled that into my pre-season.
“In the mean time. I am having fun with my soccer, which is displaying on the pitch.”
‘A contemporary begin’
Mead – a part of the England facet who had been World Cup semi-finalists in 2019 – hopes to make use of the matches towards North Macedonia and Luxembourg to re-establish herself within the worldwide set-up beneath new boss Wiegman.
“That may be the perfect plan,” she stated.
“With Sarina being right here at England, it is a contemporary begin and I’ve obtained to place the work in and show to her why I used to be that winger who performed within the semi-final of a World Cup.
“I have to show myself as does all people else, however once more wholesome competitors is barely going to make us individually higher.”