It only took Beth Mead nine minutes to open her account for Arsenal Ladies.

The 21-year-old replaced Jodie Taylor in our 10-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and soon marked her debut with a goal, finding the top corner as we progressed to the quarter-finals of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Mead is still waiting for her first taste of international football but is hoping a good run of form at Arsenal can help her make Mark Sampson’s England squad for this summer’s Women’s Championship in the Netherlands.

It’s been an ambition of mine for a long time and I think that Arsenal can help me get there

Beth Mead

“Hopefully I can break into the senior set-up with this club and I’m improving every day as a player,” she told “It’s been an ambition of mine for a long time and I think that Arsenal can help me get there.

“If Mark wanted to speak to me he would ring me. I speak to Marieanne [Spacey] quite a bit, because I’m in the next generation squad. So we keep up-to-date on things that I can do better and what I can keep improving on and what I’m doing well. We have good communication, which is always good as a player.

“All I can do is come on the pitch and whatever I’m doing, do the best that I can do. Hopefully if I’m playing well I can maybe get myself in there. All I’ve got to do is work hard and hopefully my rewards will come.

“Maybe Mark doesn’t think I’m ready yet. That’s fine with me. I’ve just go to keep working hard, working with Pedro on and off the pitch, and hopefully I can get there eventually.”

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Max Jones 20 Mar 2017