Beating West Ham at London Stadium highlight of season for Spurs Women’s Josie Green

Josie Green
Josie Green at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,. (Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA)

“Winning the London derby against West Ham in their stadium was the highlight of the season,” Tottenham Hotspur and Wales Women’s midfielder Josie Green told Josh Bunting.

Green, who was ever-present for Spurs during the abbreviated season said: “There’s nothing like that winning feeling especially at such a big stadium.”

However, there had also been defeat experienced in a North London derby against Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and Green commented: “It was an unreal occasion. I still feel majorly disappointed on the result as I thought we played well. However, for women’s football in general, to get the biggest crowd in WSL history and to have so many people who haven’t seen women’s football before say they enjoyed the game and would become fans, meant a lot.”

Green joined Tottenham from Watford in 2016 and on how her move to Spurs came around, she said: “I was unhappy at the time,  playing in the league above, and I just wanted to start enjoying football again. I trained with Spurs during a winter break and absolutely loved the atmosphere of training and being around the team at the time. Even though some may have seen it as a step back, it was the best decision I have made.”

Josie Green signs a programme for a fan
Photo: Alan Walter for The FA

On what she believes her best attribute is: “I would like to think my attitude and my workrate for the team.”

On how she was training during these unprecedented times: “I’ve been doing a lot of football-based sessions and working on things I need to improve on. I’m really lucky my partner Marcus is a sports teacher and always helps me out in my sessions.”

On her footballing influences, she explained: “Growing up I never had a true inspiration, As a female there wasn’t the coverage of football to know that I could aspire to be a pro footballer one day. I think for me now it’s got to be the likes of Megan Rapinoe, who is not only achieving things on the field such as World Cup wins, but also using her platform to do good off the pitch too.”

On her best national team memory: “I think every time I put on the Wales shirt is a favourite moment for me. Coming back into the Welsh team recently after a few years out and putting the shirt on against the Faroe Islands has got to be up there though.”

Josie Green
(Photo: Will Cheshire)

On how her career in football started: “It began really when I started going to watch my brothers football games! I loved going along and kicking a ball about on the sidelines. I use to always bug my family to play football in the garden too, so my parents took me along to my local team – St Albans City FC – and I never looked back from there.”

On the best advice she has ever received: “I’ve always been told that if I want anything in life, I’ve got to work hard for it, Nothing is going to come easy.”

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