Verge Meets: Siobhan Chamberlain

Recently, Verge had the pleasure of interviewing several members of the England women’s national football team ahead of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in the Netherlands. In this interview, we speak with goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

You’re off to the Netherlands. Tell us about your preparations for the tournament.

We’re in six different countries in the next six weeks, so there’s a lot of traveling going on. It’s quite nice to break up the preparation. We’ve got a friendly in Switzerland next week. We’ve got a friendly in Denmark. We’ve got a whole month of training camp. It’s nice to keep it mixed up. It keeps it fresh.

What are you looking forward to most about the tournament itself?

I think it’s the challenge. We’re playing against the best teams and the best players in Europe and the world. I think European football is very strong in the context of world football. It’s the challenge of playing against the best teams.

Is there a particular country you’re looking forward to facing the most? Are you looking forward to Scotland?

Scotland’s the first game. That’s kind of good; the game you’ve got to look forward to the most is the first. You can’t really look past that first game. Obviously, it being Scotland, it’s massive.

Verge VEO Andre Dixon with Siobhan

What do you do to relax?

I’m not very good at relaxing. *laughs* I always like to be kept busy and doing things. I like going out for food, or going shopping, just chilled-out types of things.

Do you have any creature comforts? Routines that you like?

I always used to get asked if I have any superstitions before games, and the answer was always “no,” and it was quite a boring answer, so I made one up and it stuck as a superstition. I always have to have a drinks bottle on the left-hand side of my goal for a game.

What are you looking forward to next season for Liverpool?

It should be really good. We’ve got really good scorers, and last year was the first year that most of the scorers came together. I think we had eight or nine new players, so it takes a while to gel, and there’s quite a lot of youth in there. The experience of playing together has been great, and we’ve shown some good results and some bad results from the spring series, but hopefully we can build up next series.

What advice would you give to students who are looking to get where you are?

Take every opportunity that comes your way. It might be hard because you might have to sacrifice different things. I went to university and trained full-time at the same time, so it is quite difficult. If your friend’s going out, it’s hard to say “No, I’ve got to stay in because I’ve got training.” It is that sacrifice and that balance, and always taking every opportunity that comes your way.

England kick-off their Euro 2017 campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on Wednesday 19 July live on Channel 4. You can join the conversation using #Lionesses and for more information visit http://www.thefa.com/forgirlssiobh

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