Beth Mead says stunning England hat-trick against Norway was beyond her wildest dreams -’ I’m just so happy’

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Hat-trick hero: Beth Mead on course for Euro 2022 Golden Boot after three goals against Norway (Getty Images)
Hat-trick hero: Beth Mead on course for Euro 2022 Golden Boot after three goals against Norway (Getty Images)

England hat-trick hero Beth Mead says the 8-0 demolition of Norway was beyond her wildest dreams as the Lionesses booked their place in the knockouts with a record win.

Sarina Wiegman’s team smashed the previous record for a win at a men’s or women’s European Championship by two goals as a Norway side -- who were tipped by some as dark horses -- were blown away by the hosts at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

Ellen White scored twice, while Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo also found the net, but Arsenal’s Mead was England star’s, following her winner in the opening game against Austria with a fine treble.

"I don’t think I even dreamt of this," Mead told the BBC. "I’m just so happy I could get the goals again to help the team. An unbelievable night, I can’t believe it!

"I keep saying it but I can’t put it into words. Honestly, I’m just loving being here, loving being part of this team and loving every minute."

Mead is now a favourite to win the Golden Boot after four goals in her opening two games but Wiegman can now afford to rest players for Friday’s final group game against Northern Ireland in Southampton, with a quarter-final place secure.

Asked if she was in the form of her life, Mead added: "Yeah, I keep saying I’m really enjoying my football I love being part of this team. Honestly, it’s an incredible feeling to feel how I do right now.

"I haven’t even thought about [winning the Golden Boot]. I just want to get goals to help us win.

"The girls need to enjoy this one. These are the moments we need to enjoy."

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