Beth Mead admits her scintillating club form so far this season is due to “playing angry” after the disappointment of missing the Olympics this summer.
The Arsenal winger has already scored three goals in the WSL’s first two games, leading to a call-up of England’s first team Sarina Wiegman for the World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia and Luxembourg.
It comes after the 26-year-old was not only overlooked for the GB squad this summer, but also for the Lionesses side of Hege Riise in February.
“I’ve said in the past that sometimes I play better when I’m angry, and to a certain extent I started the season like that with Arsenal,” said Beth Mead.
“I channeled my disappointment that I wasn’t selected for the Olympics in the right way, I put my head down in the preseason and it shows on the pitch.
“Sometimes you wonder what you do and what you could have done a little differently, but it is an integral part of football.
“But I started to believe in myself again and I don’t know if there is anything that motivates me to prove people wrong, but I’m doing my best to do it so that I’m never in that position again.
“It’s a fresh start with Sarina (Wiegman) now in charge of England and I just have to work to prove why I was the winger who made a World Cup semi-final.”
Mead also faced additional competition for places in Jonas Eidevall’s new Arsenal look with the summer signings of Nikita Parris and Tobin Heath.
However, instead of being intimidated by the prospect, it gave Mead even more momentum to start this season.
“I’ve always been a player who thrived on competition and I think that with the arrival of Nikita (Parris) and Tobin (Heath) it has helped me take my game to a new level,” Mead added.
How to follow the WSL on Sky Sports
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports with up to 35 matches being broadcast exclusively live. The deal covers the next three seasons and saw the WSL added to Sky Sports flagship offerings.
The current Sky Sports Barclays FA WSL presenter lineup is led by presenter Caroline Barker and includes expert Karen Carney and reporter Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton is the host of All New Inside the WSL spectacle.
From world-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema, to the never-ending ‘Big Three’ rivalry – Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – there is plenty to be excited about for the 2021-22 season on Sky Sports.