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Mead hopeful over World Cup with ACL recovery 'ahead of schedule

England winger Beth Mead told Sky Sports she is still hopeful of making the Lionesses World Cup squad and is "ahead of schedule" in her recovery from an ACL injury.

Mead has not played since suffering the season-ending injury in Arsenal's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in November last year, and in March England coach Sarina Wiegman said it would be a "miracle" if she recovered in time to travel to this summer's tournament.

But speaking to Sky Sports after picking up an MBE from Prince William for her player-of-the-tournament role in the Lionesses' triumphant Euro 2022 victory last year, Mead revealed she was back in training at London Colney and still harboured hopes of boarding the plane to Australia and New Zealand in July.

"The injury's okay, I'm a good five months in and back on the pitch and kicking a ball again, feeling good, ahead of schedule. That's all I can do that's in my control right now," she said.

"I wouldn't say I'm confident [of going to the World Cup] because it's out of my control, but I'm working hard to get as close to it as possible - but at the end of the day, it's probably going to be Sarina's decision."

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