Australia won the Nations Cup last February, and they have high ambitions for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The Matildas are hoping to win the biggest international competition in front of their home crowd. Here is the 11th start Tony Gustafsson can play in the event.
In her third participation in the Women’s World Cup, goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold will be the first choice goalkeeper for the Matildas. Pride, for anyone who has never played a minute through the first two CDMs. After a stellar season on the West Ham side, the Australian door will finally be able to assume the role of defending champions during the most beautiful of competitions.
It is a role that the goalkeeper won with difficulty, but it is also due to her title as the best player during Australia’s crowning of the Nations Cup last February. While it was thought it was time to say goodbye to Matildas, the West Ham player will do everything she can to help her side snatch the Holy Grail at home.
While she hasn’t worn the Australian jersey since January 2022 due to a serious knee injury, Ellie Carpenter will be back in selection. The 23-year-old youngster, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais, should start with Matildas during the World Cup. Carpenter is a true Australian nugget, who started out in selection before he was injured. Upon his return to the Matildas in April, coach Tony Gustafsson did not hesitate to give him his place.
Central defender Claire Hunt plays for Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian Women’s League (A-League). The 25-year-old Australian has just five picks to her credit, but appears to have convinced her coach who started her through her first picks. In just five matches, the Matildas defender has won the Nations Cup in February 2023 and a starting point.
Stephanie Elise Catley plays left-back for Arsenal at the club, but also selection. However, with the likely absence of Claire Bolkenhorn, who has been sidelined since mid-April, Catley could be replaced at centre-back. The experienced Australian star believes his team can take advantage of the team during the World Cup.
Charlotte Laine Grant is a player who plays as a defender for Vizgo GIC in the Damallsvenskan (Swedish League). Charlotte Grant, 21, will play her first World Cup. Everyone dreams of being able to represent their country in such an important competition, and well for Charlotte, that dream will come true. Quick and hard-hitting, she is able to pace her team’s match on her left side. She is also able to play right when Carpenter is not around.
Hayley Raso makes an adorable Australian pair with Mary Fowler at Manchester City that makes you want to see them shine for their country. This shock duo is a great asset to the Australian selection. The Citizens striker is hoping he will be able to score during the World Cup finals, which will be partly played on Australian soil. It will be a great revenge for the player whose career almost ended in 2018, after a serious back injury.
Katrina Lee Gorey, 30, is one of the most experienced players on the team. She had her first selection with Matilda in 2013, and has been to three World Cups. The Vizgo GIC midfielder (Damallsvenskan) has 17 goals in 93 caps and is a great asset and solid midfielder.
Kyra Cooney-Cross is the nugget of this Australian selection. At the age of 21, the Hammarby midfielder has great expectations for the national team. Versatile, Cooney-Cross is capable of playing offensive midfielder and providing support for the Matildas forwards. At the club, she is ranked No. 10, a position that allows her to score goals when the opportunity presents itself.
Cortnee Brooke Vine is a standard in the W-League. The Sydney FC midfielder is part of the new generation of Matildas. At 14 selections, Sydney’s team already won the trophy last February when Australia won the Nations Cup.
The youngest member of the team, at 20 years old, Marie Feuer will play her first World Cup. The Manchester City leader (who ran through D1 Arkema with Montpellier) intends to find the net on several occasions this summer. Accompanied and experienced by Sam Kerr, the young Australian will form a formidable attacking duo during the World Cup.
Sam Kerr, 29, is the star of this Australian team, but also a player to watch during this competition. In three participations, the recorder has never passed the 1/4 finals. This time around, the Chelsea striker has a very specific goal: to win the most beautiful home competition.
The top scorer in the history of its selections, the NWSL (American Women’s Championship) and W-League (Australian Women’s Championship) may also want to make their mark in the 2023 World Cup, by aiming for the title of best striker.
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