Matildas squad named for China tour

Matildas squad named for China tour

Alen Stajcic has named a 21-player squad for this month’s China Tour running from 19-28 October 2015.

With matches against hosts China, World No. 5 England and possibly a third team, it is the commencement of Australia’s preparations for the 2016 AFC Rio Olympics qualifiers to be held in March 2016.

“It’s a good opportunity for players who were in the World Cup squad to keep their spot but there are also some opportunities for some new players who have performed well in the W-League and in camp to try and stake a claim and show if they can play at international level,” Stajcic said.

The squad sees four new players added from the squad that represented Australia at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Amy Harrison (Sydney FC), Caitlin Cooper (WSW) and Newcastle Jets pair Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Tara Andrews’ strong performances at the training camp last week see them make the plane for China.

“Amy Harrison was the Young Matildas captain and is a very gifted and creative player so she’ll add a different dimension to us.

“Tara Andrews has been a good goal scorer and someone who can hold the ball up. She had a good season in the America second tier competition, performed really well at camp and certainly earned the right to be in this squad.

“Georgia Yeoman-Dale was probably the standout at the camp and together with Caitlin Cooper, hopefully these four players can do well in China.

Meanwhile German based duo Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond have been added to the squad.

The timing of the tournament means several W-League teams will be without star players for up to two weeks.

“With the W-League season there aren’t many opportunities to get internationals in between, so this is our last opportunity to play some proper internationals before those critical qualifiers.

“Obviously these matches are critical. As it stands at this moment they are our last matches before we go into those Rio qualifiers,” Stajcic said.

“There is a lot of hard work to be done between now and the qualifiers, and we’ve certainly got a tough task in front of us to qualify.”

Meanwhile former Socceroo Gary van Egmond – father of Emily van Egmond – has been named as the replacement assistant coach after Ross Aloisi’s departure.

Matildas squad – China Tour

Name Date of Birth Position Club A International Caps (Goals)
Laura Alleway 28/11/1989 Defender Melbourne City FC 36 (2)
Tara Andrews 13/03/1994 Forward Newcastle Jets
Mackenzie Arnold (gk) 25/02/1994 Goalkeeper Perth Glory 7 (0)
Tameka Butt 16/06/1991 Midfielder Brisbane Roar 49 (6)
Steph Catley 26/01/1994 Defender Melbourne City FC 39 (2)
Caitlin Cooper 12/02/1988 Defender Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 (1)
Larissa Crummer 10/01/1996 Forward Melbourne City FC 7 (1)
Lisa De Vanna 14/11/1984 Forward Melbourne City FC 104 (37)
Caitlin Foord 11/11/1994 Forward Perth Glory 35 (5)
Katrina Gorry 13/08/1992 Midfielder Brisbane Roar 35 (11)
Amy Harrison 21/04/1996 Midfielder Sydney FC 1 (0)
Michelle Heyman 4/07/1988 Forward Canberra United 40 (15)
Elise Kellond-Knight 10/08/1990 Defender Potsdam FC (Germany) 62 (1)
Alanna Kennedy 21/01/1995 Midfielder Sydney FC 34 (0)
Samantha Kerr 10/09/1993 Forward Perth Glory 42 (7)
Clare Polkinghorne 1/02/1989 Defender Brisbane Roar 79 (5)
Hayley Raso 5/09/1994 Midfielder Melbourne Victory 13 (1)
Kyah Simon 25/06/1991 Forward Sydney FC 57 (14)
Emily van Egmond 12/07/1993 Midfielder FFC Frankfurt (Germany) 44 (11)
Lydia Williams (gk) 13/05/1988 Goalkeeper Canberra United 46 (0)
Georgia Yeoman-Dale 24/02/1994 Midfielder Newcastle Jets 2 (0)