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Lisa De Vanna, right, in action for the Westfield Matildas against Brazil in the 2018 Tournament of Nations in Kansas City in July.

De Vanna heads Matildas’ Euro tour

Football West News

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic today announced a squad of 18 players for Australia’s forthcoming two-match European tour.

Stajcic’s side will take on France in Saint-Etienne and England in London in early October.

The squad is headlined by Lisa De Vanna, who is set to earn her 141st international cap and will be looking to add to her impressive tally of 45 international goals, alongside Clare Polkinghorne, who may join Joanne Peters on 110 caps, and Elise Kellond-Knight, who could become just the seventh Westfield Matilda to feature in 100 international matches.

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The Westfield Matildas coach said the squad will be missing some senior players in Europe, and therefore the camp will provide some of Australia’s emerging national team players with invaluable experience ahead of next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“I am excited by the opportunity we have to develop the depth within our team during next month’s camp and am confident that this squad has the ability to challenge France in Saint-Etienne, and the Lionesses in London,” Stajcic said.

“With some established Matildas not available for selection, our October matches will give us a great opportunity to test other players in what will be a challenging environment.

“Our next camp will also give the players, as well as our staff, the opportunity to prepare for various situations and challenges that may arise during next year’s World Cup.

“October represents an important period for the Westfield Matildas as we continue our progress towards next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as November’s home matches against Chile in Penrith and Newcastle,” he said.

Young guns handed opportunity

Eighteen year-old Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman could make her senior international debut during the two-match tour, while Princess Ibini (three caps), Amy Sayer (one cap), and Mary Fowler (one cap) are amongst some of the emerging Matildas who will gain some valuable game time against strong opposition at international level.

The Westfield Matildas’ October friendlies will be broadcast LIVE in Australia on FOX SPORTS, SBS TV, and via the My Football Live App.

Westfield Matildas 18-player squad for October international friendlies vs. France (Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne) and England (Craven Cottage, London)

Name Current Club, Country A-International Caps (Goals)
Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk) Arna-Bjørnar Fotball, Norway 19 (0)
Tameka BUTT Klepp IL, Norway 70 (10)
Ellie CARPENTER Portland Thorns, USA 24 (1)
Steph CATLEY Melbourne City FC, Australia 67 (2)
Alex CHIDIAC Atletico Madrid, Spain 12 (1)
Larissa CRUMMER Newcastle Jets, Australia 21 (4)
Lisa DE VANNA Sydney FC, Australia 140 (45)
Caitlin FOORD Sydney FC, Australia 63 (11)
Mary FOWLER Uncontracted 1 (0)
Emily GIELNIK Melbourne Victory, Australia 20 (4)
Princess IBINI Sydney FC, Australia 3 (0)
Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT Hammarby IF, Sweden 98 (1)
Chloe LOGARZO Sydney FC, Australia 33 (5)
Aivi LUIK Levante UD, Spain 18 (0)
Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (Gk) Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia 0 (0)
Clare POLKINGHORNE Houston Dash FC, USA 108 (8)
Amy SAYER Sydney FC, Australia 1 (0)
Kyah SIMON Melbourne City FC, Australia 86 (22)

Upcoming Westfield Matildas Matches

France v Westfield Matildas
Date: Friday, 5 October 2018 (local time)
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France
Kick-off: 9pm (local); 5am – Saturday, 6 October 2018 (AEST)
Tickets: https://billetterie.fff.fr/
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, SBS TV, and via the My Football Live App

England v Westfield Matildas
Date: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 (local time)
Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 5am – Wednesday, 10 October 2018 (AEDT)
Tickets: www.thefa.com/ticketing
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, SBS TV, and via the My Football Live App

Westfield Matildas v Chile – Seven Consulting International Series
Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith, Australia
Kick-off: 3.30pm (AEDT)
Tickets: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, SBS TV, and via the My Football Live App

Westfield Matildas v Chile – Seven Consulting International Series
Date: Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Tickets: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, SBS VICELAND, and via the My Football Live App