England’s April camp is now fully underway in preparation for two upcoming international friendlies against France and Canada.
Joining the team last Sunday, experienced goalkeeping duo Karen Bardsley and Carly Telford have received a warm welcome from fellow keepers Roebuck and Sandy MacIver after they were recalled to Hege Riise’s squad of 24 in a bid to add experience to an arguably youthful group.
In an England press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Roebuck said “It’s really nice to have KB (Karen Bardsley) and Carly (Telford) back in the squad.
“They’re both massively experienced players that have performed in major tournaments, so for me and Sandy (MacIver) to be around them is great as they really push and drive the standards in training.”
The 21-year-old keeper only had words of admiration when she spoke about her fellow club teammate Bardsley, who is currently on loan at Seattle-based side OL Reign after losing her spot at City to Roebuck.
“KB epitomises everything about being a top goalkeeper,” said Roebuck. “Being around her at City and now England is always a huge learning experience and I take in as much as I can.”
Despite only having six senior caps to her name, Roebuck has impressed for England at youth level. In 2014, the young keeper helped England to a third-place finish in the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship and she is looking forward to potentially featuring against France and Canada on the senior stage this month.
“It’s been a difficult year for everyone and as a group, we’re really excited to test ourselves against tier one opposition, we’ve got two really good teams to face,” she said.
“It’s the perfect opportunity for us to benchmark where we’re at going into the Olympics and it’ll hopefully help us progress towards success in the summer.”
It was announced last month that England boss Riise will also coach Team GB this summer and the former Norwegian international has said she will be using the upcoming friendlies to guide her selection for the Olympic squad of 18 which is set to be shortlisted in May.
“Making it into the Team GB squad would be unbelievable, especially for my first major tournament” said Roebuck. “The next few years are huge for women’s football with the home EUROs and Olympics and my eyes are always set on how I can be in that squad and establish myself.”
Roebuck will be hoping to be fielded in goal for England when they face France in Caen on Friday.