At just 18-years-old, it's hard to believe that prodigal Matildas defender Karly Roestbakken is still nearly two years OLDER than the youngest player in Australia's squad.
“I am definitely learning a lot and I am getting more experience within international football for women, and learning what it takes to be a professional athlete," she said.
"I'm picking up a lot of things and learning to be a better footballer and learning more things on the field which is really great.
“Coming off W-League and then moving to Sydney with the Future Matildas has helped me immensely.
"Because we train with a few of the Matildas, the ones that are still in Australia, it is really helpful being there, being able to train with them and doing what they do.
"The transition is a bit easier coming from that into the Matildas squad, so it has helped me immensely.”
The Matildas now face a hectic few days as they seek to avoid a shock group stage defeat, but Roestbakken has reason to be confident.
Australia have a history of losing their opening matches at World Cups - losing the first encounter in the majority of their appearances, in fact - yet have made the quarter-final at the last three attempts regardless.
“Yesterday morning we flew from Valenciennes to Montpellier," Roestbakken added.
"The weather is a lot different so I think we have just got to adjust to that. It is a lot warmer here, but we are looking forward to the game on Thursday.
“The girls are obviously gutted for the first loss but as it is the first game and you have got to deal with these things in football.
"But I definitely think it will fire them up and they will be ready to go on Thursday.”