Matildas squad named for Cup of Nations
No new faces in Ante Milicic's first Matildas squad21 February 2019 | FT Editor
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Ante Milicic named a 23-player squad for the forthcoming Cup of Nations tournament to be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne - and it doesn't look a whole lot different from Alen Stajcic's squads with no debutants named.
Milicic was assisted with selections by remaining Matildas coaching staff and has selected players who featured strongly in the W-League as well as two players who are currently based in Spain, midfielders Alex Chidiac and Aivi Luik (also previously named by Stajcic).
Notable amongst the absentees are Michelle Heyman and Casey Dumont. Players omitted due to injury include Katrina Gorry, Kyah Simon and Larissa Crummer.
Returning to the national team set-up are Melbourne Victory defender Teigen Allen, Sydney FC’s captain Teresa Polias, and Hayley Raso who has made a remarkable comeback from a broken back sustained while playing in the United States for Portland Thorns last year.
Six of the 23 players are from the W-League champions, Sydney FC, while only three are from the W-League premiers, Melbourne Victory.
In addition, Brisbane Roar FC attacker Allira Toby will train with the squad while the team is in Brisbane.
Milicic said he was looking forward to all the players and staff arriving in camp and getting to work for four days of pre-tournament trianing.
“It is important that we make the most of the next two weeks that we have together both on and off the pitch. With matches and travel in quick succession throughout the Cup of Nations, this tournament will replicate some of the demands that we will experience at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, which will be a good test for everyone involved.”
The Cup of Nations involves host nation Australia as well as New Zealand, Argentina and South Korea. The first two matches will be played next Thursday at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney.
|Teigen Allen||Melbourne Victory||39 (0)|
|Laura Alleway||Melbourne Victory||57 (2)|
|Mackenzie Arnold (GK)||Brisbane Roar||22 (0)|
|Tameka Butt||Melbourne City||74 (10)|
|Eliza Campbell (GK)||Perth Glory||2 (0)|
|Ellie Carpenter||Canberra United||28 (1)|
|Steph Catley||Melbourne City||69 (2)|
|Alex Chidiac||Atletico Madrid, Spain||14 (1)|
|Lisa De Vanna||Sydney FC||143 (45)|
|Caitlin Foord||Sydney FC||67 (14)|
|Emily Gielnik||Melbourne Victory||24 (5)|
|Princess Ibini||Sydney FC||5 (0)|
|Elise Kellond-Knight||Melbourne City||102 (1)|
|Alanna Kennedy||Sydney FC||74 (6)|
|Samantha Kerr||Perth Glory||72 (27)|
|Chloe Logarzo||Sydney FC||37 (6)|
|Aivi Luik||Levante, Spain||19 (0)|
|Teresa Polias||Sydney FC||10 (0)|
|Clare Polkinghorne||Brisbane Roar||112 (9)|
|Hayley Raso||Brisbane Roar||30 (2)|
|Gema Simon||Newcastle Jets||8 (0)|
|Emily van Egmond||Newcastle Jets||82 (18)|
|Lydia Williams (GK)||Melbourne City||74 (0)|
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