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Kerr to lead Aussies as Matildas World Cup squad announced


Australian coach Tony Gustavvson has announced his final 23-player squad ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup due to start later this month. West Aussie superstar Sam Kerr will captain the side after an impressive campaign for Chelsea where she plays her club football, she'll be supported by Steph Catley who has been appointed as Australia's vice-captain for the tournament.



West Aussie Goalkeeper Lydia Williams has also been included in the 23-player squad and will compete in her fifth edition of the tournament alongside defender Clare Polkinghorne. Following much debate regarding selections, Gustavvson has opted for experience with the inclusion of striker Kyah Simon and defender Alanna Kennedy, both who have been under a recent injury cloud.


Gustavsson has selected 15 players who were part of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign, with seven players in line to make their FIFA Women’s World Cup debuts.


“I am delighted to see the progression of the team as it is a result of their dedication to be prepared for this moment. To see so many debutants for the tournament speaks to the hard work of the players themselves, but also the coaching staff and support staff as we looked to build depth in the squad, he said via a Football Australia statement.


“This is a special group of players who, when you see the anticipation around the tournament and level of interest for women’s football, have already sparked a transformation. We can’t wait to get the tournament underway in front of a record crowd of support.”


Australia will complete their preparations with a sold-out friendly against France in Melbourne on Friday 14 July 2023 before heading to camp in Brisbane.


The Matildas will kick off their 2023 FIFA World Cup campaign against Ireland at Stadium Australia in Sydney followed by group matches against Nigeria in Brisbane and Canada in Melbourne.

SQUAD


Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micah, Lydia Williams


Defenders: Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Charlotte Grant, Clare Hunt, Alanna Kennedy, Aivi Luik, Courtney Nevin, Clare Polkinghorne


Midfielders: Alex Chidiac, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Katrina Gorry, Emily van Egmond, Clare Wheeler, Tameka Yallop


Forwards: Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Sam Kerr (captain), Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon, Cortnee Vine.

MATCHES

Australia v Republic of Ireland Date: 20 July 2023 Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney/Wangal Kick-off Time: 6:00pm (WST) Australia v Nigeria Date: 27 July 2023 Venue: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane/Meanjin Kick-off Time: 6:00pm (WST) Canada v Australia Date: 31 July 2023 Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne/Naarm Kick-off Time: 6:00pm (WST)


IMAGE: Football Australia.

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