Australia have revealed their squad for its upcoming two-match international series against the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson has continued to embrace a combination of experience and youth as the Matildas prepare to face the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champions at Stadium Australia in Sydney (27 November) and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle (30 November).
This will be the first time the Commonwealth Bank Matildas will play at Stadium Australia as they look to break their attendance record of 33,600 set against Sweden at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
McDonald Jones Stadium has become a regular host to Australia in recent years with Newcastle to welcome the women’s national team for the fourth time in five years. The last time the Matildas played in the Hunter, 14,014 supporters saw Australia defeat Vietnam 5-0 in the first leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualifier play-offs.
More than 15,000 tickets have been sold for the match in Newcastle, with tickets still available HERE.
Northern NSW Football products Emily van Egmond (Dudley-Redhead) and Clare Wheeler (Adamstown Rosebud) have been included in the squad and could make their 111th and fourth appearances for the Matildas respectively.
“There truly is a no more exciting challenge for the team than to be taking on the world number one team, in front of thousands of passionate fans, in the stadium where the FIFA Women’s World Cup final will be played in 2023,” Gustavsson said.
“This could not be a better dress rehearsal for a World Cup final and we are going to treat it in the same way. From when we arrive, to those match days with what we hope will be record crowds, this is our chance to prepare for the big moments that we want to be a part of in 2023.”
Captain Sam Kerr and vice-captain Steph Catley headline the 21 players returning from the Brazil series in October. While experienced England-based duo Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik are recalled following recovery from injury, with the latter in line to record her 50th international appearance for the Matildas.
At the other end of the spectrum, Young Matildas centre back Jessika Nash and forward Charlize Rule will receive their first senior team introduction as they join the significant cohort of players in 2021 to be provided with the opportunity to experience the national team training environment.
“In selecting the squad, balance was at the heart of the decision making,” Gustavsson said.
“We know that this is our final occasion to see the group together before announcing the squad for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup next year and our focus remains on this crucial preparation.
“However, with another camp at home, we didn’t want to miss the chance to expose another two young players to our standards and team philosophy and to find out whether they can be a part of the building of depth towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.”
The final matches of Australia’s 2021 international schedule, fans are eagerly taking advantage of the affordable ticket prices with junior registered participants, 12 years and under, accessing $5 tickets across all ticket categories with an accompanying adult or concession ticket purchase.
Network 10 will broadcast the two-match series live and free, with coverage simulcast on 10 Play.
Commonwealth Bank Matildas v U.S. Women’s National Team
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-Off: 8.05pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and free on Network 10 and simulcast on 10 Play
Commonwealth Bank Matildas Squad | November 2021
Emily van Egmond (Dudley-Redhead/Northern NSW Football)
Clare Wheeler (Adamstown Rosebud/Northern NSW Football)