Janine Beckie says that there is banter between herself and her Manchester City teammates ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly between England and Canada at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke.
Canadian international Beckie could come up against up to 12 of her Manchester City teammates in The Potteries and she admits that the fight for bragging rights is sure to be a real battle.
“There’s always a bit of banter,” Beckie told FAWSL Full-Time in a Canada Soccer press conference when asked whether she has had any pre-match conversations with her Manchester City colleagues. “I will say that when we beat them before the World Cup it did feel really nice to go back into training and absolutely nobody could say anything to me which was great. I definitely wouldn’t mind having that experience again.
“It is really interesting when you play against teammates and obviously for me, it’s interesting because there will be a lot of them on the pitch tomorrow. I obviously know their tendencies but there’s 12 of them and for them, there’s only one of me.
“I saw Keira Walsh and Georgia Stanway in the lobby the other day and we had a bit of banter about it but it is all fun and games, obviously once we get on the pitch, we are not friends for 90 minutes.
“It does give it a different dynamic because I do know them so well and specifically, as a winger, I will come up against one of my teammates whoever that be. It creates a different dynamic, gives an edge to the game because we know each other so well but at the same time, it makes it really difficult because that is who you spend every single day with training in our environment.”
Despite the rivalry and friendly banter, Beckie went on to say that she holds the greatest respect for her club teammates in the England squad, although victory would be extra sweet.
She added “I obviously have a massive amount of respect for my teammates who are in the England squad, they’re all world class players.
“It is going to be a really difficult game for us but it would feel really, really good to put the ball in the back of the net. I’ll take the win even if I don’t score but it’d be great to go away with the win and a goal.”
Canada’s international friendly against England is scheduled to kick-off at 7.15pm on Tuesday evening and will be broadcast live on BBC Four.