Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway says that her club teammates Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh will be missed in the England camp.
The highly-rated trio are all recovering from injuries and therefore missed out on England selection for this month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 qualifying matches against North Macedonia and Luxembourg.
Manchester City players usually dominate the Lionesses selections, however, the latest squad sees the player pool spread more evenly across English football’s top clubs.
Midfielder Georgia Stanway is one Manchester City player who did make the squad and while she feels that it will be nice to mix with some new faces in the latest camp, she admits that her club colleagues Roebuck, Bronze and Walsh will be missed.
“It’s obviously nice to see new faces and it’s nice to see that people are here and playing really well but unfortunately, some of the girls who aren’t here are also my best mates;” Stanway told FAWSL Full-Time in an England media session. “I kind of miss having a laugh and a joke around with them, Lucy and Keira and obviously, Roebuck as well, they are people that I have grown up with, people that I have known for the last six years through City and England. They are people that I would normally hang around with at camp.
“It’s good for me as well to be mingling with other people but I won’t let them miss out, I’ll be telling them everything that is happening on camp, what the training sessions are, what the meetings are and keeping them up to date. They’re my friends and my teammates.”
It has been a difficult start to the season for Stanway with the player suffering an injury and with Manchester City having recorded a couple of disappointing results. The midfielder admits that it is a good time to reset and enjoy a different environment with England.
She said “It has been a difficult few weeks at City and I obviously had a face injury as well so I was unable to take part in the first leg of the Champions League and then obviously, I was eased into the next two games and then leading into Tottenham, I got a full game. It has been a difficult start for me as well as the girls.
“It’s a tough one, it is one of them where at Manchester City we lacked in pre-season, there were only a few players left behind who did not travel to the Olympics, so it is dealing with different situations and different workloads. It is about finding our feet and hopefully, that won’t take too much longer and we will get there.
“In terms of when this camp has come along, it has come at a good time. It is good to get away from the Manchester City environment and just come into England, something fresh, something different. Potentially, us coming away from the environment will make us better when we go back.
“We are in England, we are on camp now, we’ve got a new manager, we’ve got new training sessions, we’ve got new staff, we’ve reshaped and it’s exciting. It’s a great time for me to be here as a young player and to experience it and to just be excited about what’s to come.”
England face North Macedonia in Southampton on Friday evening before travelling to Gasperich, Luxembourg City to take on Luxembourg on Tuesday.