Young Matildas head coach Gary van Egmond has named a 20-player squad for this month’s training camp and friendly against Thailand.
The squad features 15 players who played in the recent W-League season, and ... debutants to the squad.
Cooney-Cross makes the jump from the Mini Matildas into the Young Matildas squad after her first season in the W-League.
The 16-year old was the youngest in the Melbourne Victory squad.
Chelsie Dawber, Countney Nevin, Angelique Hristodoulou, Jayme Millard, Olivia Riddel, Karly Roestbakken, Sofia Sakalis and Julia Vignes also step up to the Young Matildas squad.
There are also three players who have yet to be capped for either the Young or Mini Matildas squad including Shadeene Evans, Sheridan Gallagher and Emily Hodgson.
Evans is perhaps one of the best young talents in the game with the teenager being scouted by Matildas coach Alen Stajcic while playing in the National Championship in Canberra for the Northern Territory U17's team.
She now attends Westfield Sports High after moving 3000 km away from her home in Borroloola.
Gallagher comes from the Football NSW Institute NPL Women's squad while Hodgson has been part of the Adelaide United set-up for the last two seasons.
Van Egmond said it will be the beginning of the teams preparation for the AFC U19 Women’s Championship.
“The squad assembled includes a number of players from the last campaign, so they will be able to offer great leadership to the new players joining the squad.
“We are looking forward to playing Thailand, a nation making big strides in the development of their junior players,” he said.
Westfield Young Matildas Squad for ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange
Annalee GROVE (GK)
Young Matildas v Thailand U19 Women’s
Friday, 16 March 2018
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Lilyfield
Kick-off: 12.30pm (AEDT)