Ante Milicic has named his 23-player Matildas squad for the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Australia’s squad possesses close to 1,300 caps of international experience and features numerous players to have attended multiple including Lisa De Vanna who could make her fourth World Cup appearance.
Clare Polkinghorne and Lydia Williams also earn their fourth World Cup selection while Sam Kerr, Laura Alleway, Caitlin Foord, Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond, and Tameka Yallop will venture to their third global tournaments.
However, there are also eight players set to make their World Cup debut including 16-year-old Mary Fowler and 34-year-old Aivi Luik.
“This is a special group of Australian footballers because, as a unit, they have accumulated a wealth of international experience despite the average age of the team being quite young,” Milicic said.
“Having players that have appeared at multiple FIFA Women’s World Cups in our squad will help to guide the eight players traveling to their first Women’s World Cup, and I believe we will have genuine competition for starting positions across all areas of the pitch.
”I don’t like to single out individuals, however, I would like to congratulate Lisa (De Vanna), Clare (Polkinghorne), and Lydia (Williams) for earning selection in their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup™ squads.
“I am really looking forward to joining the squad in Turkey, and believe we can make significant progress before our first match is played in Valenciennes."
As announced earlier this week, two additional players will join the 23-player squad. Kyah Simon and Kyra Cooney-Cross will join the Matildas in Europe prior to the tournament on standby.
The Matildas head to Turkey this weekend for a 10-day camp before they head to the Netherlands in a pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday, 1 June 2019.
Steph CATLEY (VC)
Emily VAN EGMOND
Lisa DE VANNA
Teagan MICAH (Gk)
Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)
Sam KERR (C)