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Sam Kerr celebrates after scoring Australia's second goal during the women's international match between the Matildas and Brazil in September. Photo: Getty Images

Matildas squad announced for China games

Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has announced a 21-player squad for his team’s two-match series against China PR in Victoria next week.

The Westfield Matildas will enter their two-game campaign against China PR with plenty of confidence having defeated Brazil twice in September in front of bumper crowds in New South Wales.

The Westfield Matildas’ squad for the forthcoming series against China PR is dominated by players currently starring in Australia’s Westfield W-League, and also includes two players – Caitlin Foord and Elise Kellond-Knight – who are currently playing their football abroad.

With an AFC Women’s Asian Cup next year in Jordan to prepare for, Stajcic said the matches against China PR would provide his side with another opportunity to improve as a group.

“Our focus all throughout this year has been building the depth of the squad in the lead up to the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan,” he said.

“Our two games against China PR will be our 10th and 11th matches this year, and I believe that throughout 2017 we have progressed significantly.

“This camp will be important for players to put their hands up for selection for the Algarve Cup in Portugal next year, which will be our final competition before the Asian Cup.

“China PR are a very good team and will provide a tough test for us next week. Hopefully we can build on the fantastic support we received in New South Wales while in Victoria, while also progressing further as a team,” Stajcic concluded.

Both of the Westfield Matildas’ matches against China PR will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS 501 and SBS VICELAND.

Tickets to see the Westfield Matildas play in Melbourne (Wednesday, November 22) and Geelong (Sunday, November 26) are available at: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au


Westfield Matildas Squad Information:

Name Club, Country A-International Caps (Goals)
Laura ALLEWAY Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA 49 (2)
Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK) Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 14 (0)
Tameka BUTT Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 61 (8)
Eliza CAMPBELL (GK) Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA 0 (0)
Ellie CARPENTER Canberra United, AUSTRALIA 12 (1)
Steph CATLEY Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 62 (2)
Larissa CRUMMER Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 13 (2)
Lisa DE VANNA Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA 126 (43)
Caitlin FOORD Vegalta Sendai, JAPAN 58 (11)
Katrina GORRY Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 57 (14)
Michelle HEYMAN Canberra United, AUSTRALIA 53 (20)
Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT FFC Turbine Potsdam, GERMANY 85 (1)
Alanna KENNEDY Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 57 (3)
Samantha KERR Perth Glory, AUSTRALIA 55 (15)
Chloe LOGARZO Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA 18 (0)
Clare POLKINGHORNE Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 97 (7)
Hayley RASO Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 21 (1)
Kyah SIMON Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 76 (21)
Emily VAN EGMOND Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA 63 (14)
Lydia WILLIAMS (GK) Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 62 (0)

Match Details: Westfield Matildas v China

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kick-Off: 7:30pm (AEDT)


Westfield Matildas v China

GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Sunday 26 November 2017

Kick-Off: 4.30pm (AEDT) Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS 501 and SBS VICELAND.

Ticket Details: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au