Mead’s goals lighting up the Euros

Arsenal striker says England will keep ‘full focus’ ahead of last eight

Thursday, 14th July — By Catherine Etoe

England v Norway - UEFA Womens Euro 2022 - Community Stadium

Beth Mead hit a hat-trick as England thumped Norway 8-0 at the Amex Stadium

ENGLAND fans will be hoping for more of the same from their team in this coming week after a stunning 8-0 victory over Norway secured their place in the last eight of Euro 2022.

An ear-splitting wall of noise greeted every goal as England annihilated 11th-in-the-world Norway in front of 28,847 supporters at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Monday night.

The result eclipsed the previous record 6-0 win over Scotland set by England in 2017 and sees the Lionesses into a must-win quarter-final with the runners-up in Group B.

That match is at Brighton on Wednesday, but head coach Sarina Wiegman first needs to prepare her team for debutants Northern Ireland in the final group match tomorrow (Friday) at Southampton’s St Mary’s stadium.

And former Netherlands international Wiegman, who steered her home nation to victory as their head coach in this competition five years ago, is certainly not getting ahead of herself.

“Incredible evening,” she said on Monday. “Very nice, [but] stay grounded because we don’t have anything yet.

“It’s just three points – if you win 1-0 or 8-0 it doesn’t make a difference.”

It was, however, a remarkable night for England – an Ellen White brace and goals from Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo proving key against Norway.

But the player of the match was hat-trick heroine Beth Mead, the Arsenal forward currently sitting pretty as the leading scorer in the tournament with four goals.

“Beth is really eager in front of the goal,” Wiegman said. “She’s on it and has had a good season with Arsenal too, and she just keeps having her form, so it’s really nice.”

Speaking in the press conference afterwards, Mead admitted the result had shocked the players as much as anyone.

“If you’d have told us that yesterday we’d probably have all laughed at you,” she said of the scoreline. “We were very surprised in the way the game panned out, in the first half especially, I thought our 11 and the subs that came on were incredible, we played a great game.

“We know we’ll be full focus again tomorrow but, amazing night, we deserve to enjoy it.”

Tomorrow’s match against Northern Ireland, who are already out of the running after a 2-0 loss to an Austria side featuring Arsenal’s Manuela Zinsberger, is at 8pm, live on BBC1.

Austria could go through to the quarters if they can avoid defeat against Norway on Friday.

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