Aus­tralia go for ex­pe­ri­ence as women’s World Cup squad named

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

Aus­tralia named a vastly ex­pe­ri­enced 23-player squad yes­ter­day for the women’s World Cup in France, as the Matil­das chase a maiden title.

Coach Ante Mili­cic’s play­ing squad has a com­bined 1,276 in­ter­na­tional caps, with four of his charges pre­par­ing for their fourth cam­paign at the show­case tour­na­ment.

“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.

Ranked sixth in the world, the Matil­das have been con­sis­tent per­form­ers on the in­ter­na­tional stage, reach­ing the World Cup quar­ter-fi­nals three times.

But with a “golden gen­er­a­tion” reach­ing their play­ing peak, they will hope to go deep into the tour­na­ment start­ing in France next month, where they are in a tough group in­clud­ing Brazil, Italy and Ja­maica.

They will be cap­tained by Sam

Kerr, twice short­listed for FIFA player of the year, who is lac­ing up for her third World Cup at the age of just 25.

Mili­cic praised the depth of the squad, more than half of whom play pro­fes­sion­ally in the United States.

“I be­lieve we will have gen­uine com­pe­ti­tion for start­ing po­si­tions across all ar­eas of the pitch,” he said.

Sam Kerr

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