Janine Beckie believes her first season at Manchester City was the perfect preparation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The Canadian winger, who provided an assist in the Canucks’ opening game against Cameroon, feels she made great strides and improved her game during her debut campaign in England.
“I loved my season at City, it prepared me for this tournament,” she said after helping her team to a 1-0 victory.
“I thought I got a lot better over the course of the season, and obviously winning two trophies wasn’t bad either.
“My focus is on the World Cup for now, but I’m looking forward to what next season has to bring.”
Kadeisha Buchanan headed home Beckie’s corner to give Canada a first half lead, but a spirited display from Cameroon made life difficult thereafter.
The 24-year-old impressed throughout though, winning praise for her creativity and tireless running and she reflected positively on the display.
“To start the tournament with three points was really important.
“We’ve got two more tough matches so all the points we can get is good.
“We were surprised by Cameroon when we initially looked into them and researched them months ago.
“But we did therefore expect it to be a tough battle, because they’re a fast and physical team.
“They gave us some threats in behind in the attacking transitions, but I though our back-line dealt with it really well.”
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Beckie’s satisfaction was shared by coach, Kenneth Heiner-Møller, who was pleased to see the winger make an impact in the final third, something he admits she has excelled at for some time.
“She played a very, very good game," he added.
“Janine’s having impact very often by setting up goals and putting in a few herself.
“Her corner delivery is always on the money.
“She still has things to work on, such as the defensive transition, but she had a very good game for sure.”
Beckie’s next match in the World Cup comes against New Zealand, which if Canada win, will see them progress to the round of 16.
Dominic Scott-Bone is a University of Derby Football Journalism student covering the Women's World Cup in France.