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 objectives 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 Group GB at Tokyo 2020.
“I believe I’ve channelled my disappointment of non-selection for the Olympics in the suitable manner,” she mentioned.
“I am delighted with the best way I’ve began the season. I believe I’ve simply received my head down via pre-season, carried out effectively and fortunately for me it is beginning to present on the pitch in the meanwhile.”
Arsenal, who appointed Jonas Eidevall as head coach in June, have begun the WSL season with two wins.
“You may see in the meanwhile 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 might be former Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman’s first matches as Lionesses head coach.
‘The setbacks encourage 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 would say that I’ve channelled the frustration of my non-selection for the Olympics in the suitable manner,” Mead mentioned.
“As a participant, you generally assume ‘why me?’ and also you typically query what you’ve got been doing and whether or not there was the rest you would have executed 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’d, I need to show folks flawed 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 deal with extra competitors in a new-look Arsenal squad containing summer season signings Nikita Parris and Tobin Heath.
The winger mentioned 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 forms of gamers,” she mentioned.
“I imagine in my skill. I do know final season I did not get to the place I wished to be and I simply channelled that into my pre-season.
“In the meanwhile. I am having fun with my soccer, which is exhibiting on the pitch.”
‘A recent begin’
Mead – a part of the England facet who have been World Cup semi-finalists in 2019 – hopes to make use of the matches in opposition to North Macedonia and Luxembourg to re-establish herself within the worldwide set-up beneath new boss Wiegman.
“That will be the best plan,” she mentioned.
“With Sarina being right here at England, it is a recent begin and I’ve received 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 must show myself as does everyone else, however once more wholesome competitors is barely going to make us individually higher.”