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Beth Mead the Lionesses’ super sub as Beth England fails audition to displace Ellen White

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It was her 13th international goal of the season to equal the record set in the men’s team by the late great Jimmy Greaves back in 1961 and she made it 145 before the end with a classic piece of fox-in-the-box poaching. With the ball loose and the Dutch struggling to clear, Mead showed composure with a dummy, before shifting the ball back on to her right foot and stroking the ball into the bottom corner.

It was not just her goals that were important. Mead’s pace on the right is a weapon in its own right and she almost created a goal for Lucy Bronze – overlapping from full back – too. 

The 27-year-old offers an appealing balance to Hemp on the left and her partnership with Bronze will ask plenty of questions of opposition defenders on that flank.


Chloe Kelly

Against Belgium it was Kelly who came out of the game with a goal after replacing Mead at half time. The fact the Man City winger started the following game hinted that Wiegman was yet to make up her mind about who should start on that side.

It is a nice problem to have but it is still one she needed to answer and, although Kelly did not do much wrong, she simply did not have the same impact as Mead.

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