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Euros 2022: England’s Beth Mead caps stellar run with trophy haul

Beth Mead went on a tear for England during the Euros. (Maddie Meyer/UEFA via Getty Images)

Beth Mead racked up the awards after claiming the Euros title Sunday with England.

The forward was named the best player in the tournament and won the Golden Boot, given to the tournament’s top scorer.

Mead edged Germany’s Alexandra Popp for the Golden Boot. Both finished with six goals for the tournament, though Popp missed the final match with an injury, but Mead added a tournament-leading five assists, which served as the tiebreaker. Popp did not have an assist in the competition.

The success for Mead comes after she was left off England’s Olympic team last year.

“I can’t believe it,” the 27-year-old told BBC Sport. “Sometimes football puts you down, but bouncing back is the best way. I’m speechless, I can’t take it all in… I’m in shock. I’ve had a good cry with my mum and dad. I am so proud of this team, I love this team and I love this country!”

Lena Oberdorf, a 20-year-old midfielder for Germany, was named the best young player of the tournament.

After the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 in extra time Sunday at Wembley Stadium, Mead and the rest of the team celebrated with fans in London’s Trafalgar Square on Monday.

“I’m just so proud of just being a part of this team,” Mead told Sky Sports. “The player of the tournament means nothing to me. Being part of this team means more.”