Janine Beckie of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women v Liverpool Women, WSL football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 01 Dec 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

‘The quality just arrived’ – Priestman comments on arrival of Manchester City’s Beckie in camp

Canadian national team head coach Bev Priestman says that Manchester City’s Janine Beckie has arrived in camp looking very sharp ahead of the SheBelieves Cup which begins later this week.

The 26-year-old missed Manchester City’s 4-0 victory over West Ham United at The Academy Stadium last month with a minor injury but has since returned to the squad, although the player has made just an injury time appearance for Gareth Taylor’s side which came in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

Beckie arrived in the Canadian camp yesterday and despite being short of recent match practice, the player is said to be showing her quality on the training pitch according to national team head coach Priestman.

“It was the first training session yesterday for Janine and it was more of an individual session but she looks fit, she always is fit” said Priestman when speaking with FAWSL Full-Time. “She’s got legs which is good and she has been hitting the top corner of the net.

“She turned up and did that, the quality just arrived I felt.

“For me, Janine is good to go. We have all seen that when Janine is confident and at her best, Canada need her.

“I am really pleased to see her show confidence, be aggressive and that she is fit. She brought some quality yesterday which was great.”

Beckie has been capped on 70 occasions by her country while she has scored 31 goals. The player will be hoping to add to both tallies in the coming days as Canada compete in their first SheBelieves Cup. Priestman’s side begin their tournament against the hosts, the United States, on Friday before facing Argentina and Brazil.

The Manchester City forward is one of five English-based players named in Priestman’s final 23-player squad. She is joined by Liverpool’s Rylee Foster, Tottenham Hotspur defender Shelina Zadorsky, Chelsea’s Jessie Fleming and West Ham United attacker Adriana Leon.

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