Beth Mead wants to help the women’s game continue to grow after the English striker finished Euro 2022 with the winner’s medal, the Golden Boot and the tournament player award.
The Lionesses got their hands on the first major silver piece in their history on Sunday when they were crowned European champions after a 2-1 overtime win over Germany in front of record-breaking crowds at Wembley.
Mead also picked up the two individual accolades after scoring six goals and providing five assists throughout the tournament.
Asked what she would do with the profile she has now, the 27-year-old said: “Do what I can to help the game.
“I’m here to play, I love doing what I’m doing and if I can help one percent bring the women’s game out there and more, I will.”
He added: “It’s great for the game, not just me. I really hope this puts women’s football on the map and propels it to (another) level and (that) gets what it deserves. “
The prospect of Mead finishing in the Golden Boot was reinforced shortly before Sunday’s kick-off with news that Alexandra Popp, also six-goal for the tournament, had withdrawn from Germany’s starting lineup after suffering a injury in the heat -on.
And as for the tournament player award she got too, Mead said, “Mad, I wasn’t expecting that.
“The guy stopped me and I was like, ‘Oh God, what have I done now ?!’ Normally in trouble for something!
“But he said ‘you are the player of the tournament’. I was like … I still think I’m dreaming.
When told she was a pioneer and an icon, the Arsenal winger said: “I’m just Beth Mead! You don’t sound good! “
A crowd of 87,192 spectators – the largest ever attendance in any Euro game, male or female – saw Chloe Kelly seal the win with a 110-minute finish after fellow substitute Ella Toone’s expert chip shortly after the has now been canceled by German Lina Magull with 11 minutes of normal time to go.
England celebrated the first major trophy for a senior team since winning the 1966 World Cup against West Germany, while boss Sarina Wiegman got a taste of two straight wins in Europe after leading her native Netherlands to the 2017 crown. .
The Dutchman took the lead of England last September and the team have remained undefeated in 20 games, with 18 wins and over 100 goals scored.
When Mead, who has scored 20 goals with Wiegman, was asked what the manager had said to the team in the crucial moments of preparation and during the final, he said: “What a woman! She was so calm.
“She believed in us, we believed in each other as a team and really didn’t have to say much. We believed in the abilities of this team, and here we are. “
He added: “As a team, we have been very calm (in preparation). There has been a lot of buzz out there, but we’ve actually been pretty good at keeping ourselves in our bubble and just focusing on what we’ve done.
“Thanks to Sarina and the staff once again, they created that environment and (on Sunday) I think we just said we go out and play another football match, and I think he was really stuck in terms of not putting in too much. pressure on ourselves with the game ”.