Newcastle Jets’ newest marquee signing Larissa Crummer has been named as part of the 18-player Matildas squad set to face England and France in 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, and will also boast international stars like Clare Polkinghorne and Elise Kellond-Knight, the later of whom could become just the seventh Matilda to feature in 100 international matches.
The squad isn’t at full strength for the overseas friendlies however, with absences including Newcastle’s Emily Van Egmond, and many youngsters will have a chance to earn their stripes on the global stage ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.
It’s a perfect chance to blood new tactics and strategies, and see how the next generation is beginning to shape up, coach Alen Stajcic said.
“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.
“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.”
The Matildas will face France on October 5, at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne, before travelling to Craven Cottage in London to face England on October 9.
The Matildas return to home soil for a November 10 clash at Panthers Stadium in Sydney later this year, before travelling to McDonald Jones Stadium here in Newcastle for a November 13 showdown against Chile.
FULL SQUAD: Mackenzie Arnold (GK), Tameka Butt, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Alex Chidiac, Larissa Crummer, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Emily Gielnik, Princess Ibini, Elise Kellond-Knight, Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Kyah Simon.