Women's star hoping to impress in time for Euros.
Sunderland striker Beth Mead says she is delighted to have been selected for a three-day England U19 training camp in July.
England coach Mo Marley has named a 26-player training squad as preparation begins for this summer’s European Championship finals in Wales in August.
The 18-year old finished the 2012-13 campaign as top scorer in the FA Women’s Premier League for the second consecutive season and she told safc.com she can’t wait to join up with the squad.
“Every time I get picked for England it's an unbelievable feeling - it’s a step closer to my dream,” Mead explained.
“I love representing my country; it gives me a buzz that nothing else can touch, all my problems fade away and I just play the game I love.”
Mead, who has been capped six times at England U19 level, was part of the England side that crashed out of last year’s European Championships at the group stages and Mead believes that experience will benefit England this time around.
“The experience in last year’s Euros was unbelievable,” she added. “We went to Turkey so there were different playing conditions for us.
“We got such a buzz off the fans when we were playing but unfortunately we did get knocked out and it was devastating.
“This year is a new year though, and we want to show people how good of a team we are and the depth we have in the squad.”
Mead has featured in England’s last three games as the Three Lionesses qualified for the finals with wins over Norway and Hungary.
And, though Mead’s call-up does not guarantee her a place in the final squad for the tournament, the Whitby-born youngster believes she has every chance of making an impact at the tournament.
“I'd like to think I was good enough to make the cut into the squad but there are always new players trying to push their way in and make a good impression as we all do,” Mead continued.
“We’re a really strong squad now and to be part of the final team would be an extremely proud moment for me.”