Guide to the Matildas’ World Cup squad

Ben McKay
(Australian Associated Press)

 

A LOOK AT THE MATILDAS SQUAD FOR THE WORLD CUP

THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Sam Kerr will captain Australia at the World Cup, with Steph Catley her deputy. Several others in the squad, including Clare Polkinghorne, Lisa De Vanna and Elise Kellond-Knight, have previously acted as captain.

HEADING TO A FOURTH WORLD CUP

Lydia Williams, Clare Polkinghorne and Lisa De Vanna all represented Australia at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

FIRST TIMERS

Gema Simon, Aivi Luik, Chloe Logarzo, Teagan Micah, Emily Gielnik, Mary Fowler, Ellie Carpenter, Amy Harrison are heading to their first World Cup.

BY CLUBS

W-League winners Sydney FC supply five players – Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Foord, Lisa De Vanna, Alanna Kennedy and Amy Harrison. Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City both have four representatives.

OLDEST

Lisa De Vanna and Aivi Luik will both attend the tournament as 34-year-olds.

YOUNGEST

At just 16, Mary Fowler will be the youngest Australian player in France.

MOST EXPERIENCED

Lisa De Vanna’s 147 caps and 47 goals stands her above the rest. She is one of three Matildas to have been capped 100 times by Australia in the squad, with Clare Polkinghorne (116) and Elise Kellond-Knight (106).

LEAST EXPERIENCED

Teagan Micah, heading as a back-up goalkeeper, has never played for Australia.

BY THE NUMBERS

The 23-woman squad has 1276 caps between them, with 175 international goals under their belts.

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