Olympics Podium Finish Would Be 'Dream Come True' Says MacIver

Sandy MacIver has set her sights on helping Great Britain to a podium finish ahead of the opening the team's opening match at the Olympic Games. 

The Everton goalkeeper is one of 22 players who has travelled to Japan for the delayed tournament as the team aims to improve upon their quarter-final finish at London 2012, the last time the four nations united to form a squad. 

Ahead of their opening match against Chile at the Sapporo Dome tomorrow, the 23-year-old Olympian gave an insight into the atmosphere inside the squad.

“The vibe in the camp at the minute is really good," she told evertonfc.com.

"With it being matchday minus one, everybody is really excited that the Olympic Games are finally here.

"It feels like a long build up since we started prep camps in June but everybody is really excited to get going tomorrow.

“It’s been great to be able to train with so many top players every day.

"I have trained a lot with the squad through England camps but having Caroline Weir, Kim Little and Sophie Ingle here and training with them for the first time, seeing how good they are and being able to speak to them and learn about their experiences I think has also been valuable.

“I'm definitely seeing the rewards of this high intensity training."

Team GB have Chile, hosts Japan and Canada in the group. The latter of which eliminated the team when the two sides met back at the 2012 Olympic Games. 

While the challenge will be tough, MacIver says the squad are focussed on achieving maximum points from the opening three fixtures. 

“I think each country will bring something different," she added.

"They’re all top teams and each game is going to be difficult.

"They have all got their own style of play, being from different continents.

"I think the focus for Team GB going into the group stages is focusing on ourselves and focussing on getting nine points."

At the beginning of July, FIFA and the International Olympic Committee expanded the squad selection from 18 to 22, meaning MacIver would be available for selection. 

The English goalkeeper says she would be honoured to make the field, however, she acknowledged the role she will play in supporting her teammates to potentially reach the final stages of the competition. 

“It would be fantastic if I were able to get on the pitch this tournament but I’m realistic in my expectations.

"I understand my role within the team and my priority is to support the players and specifically the two goalkeepers for each game.

Sandy MacIver
To go home with a medal would be everything that I have dreamed of.

"I don’t think it matters whether you play every minute of the tournament or if you don’t play any minutes.

"Everybody in this squad is working for each other and regardless if I’m in the stands every match or if I play every minute, knowing that I helped the team get a medal would be incredible."