Glory duo named in Matildas squad


Glory duo Eliza Campbell and Sam Kerr have been named in the Matildas squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations tournament.

Both players enjoyed stellar Westfield W-League campaigns and were rewarded with places in the PFA Team of the Year.

Kerr took out the Golden Boot for a second successive season, while Campbell played a key role in helping drive Glory to the Grand Final in what was her debut campaign in the West.

New Head Coach Ante Milicic has selected a 23-player squad for the Cup of Nations which is set to run from 28 February to 6 March and will see the Matildas do battle with New Zealand, Korea Republic and Argentina.

The squad will gather in Brisbane on Saturday for a pre-tournament camp and Milicic is relishing the prospect of hitting the training track with his new charges.

“I am looking forward to all the players and staff arriving in camp and getting to work,” he said.

“We will have four great days of training in Brisbane before traveling to Sydney to play New Zealand in the first match of the tournament.”

“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.”

Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will host the three double-header matchdays, with the Matildas facing New Zealand in their opening game at Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah on Thursday 28 February.

Milicic’s side will then meet Korea Republic at Brisbane’s Suncrop Stadium three days later before rounding things off by taking on Argentina at AAMI Park in Melbourne on 6 March.

The Matildas squad in full:

Teigen Allen (Melbourne Victory), Laura Alleway (Melbourne Victory), Mackenzie Arnold (GK) (Brisbane Roar), Tameka Butt (Melbourne City), Eliza Campbell (GK) (Perth Glory), Ellie Carpenter (Canberra United), Steph Catley (Melbourne City), Alex Chidiac (Atletico Madrid), Lisa De Vanna (Sydney FC), Caitlin Foord (Sydney FC), Emily Gielnik (Melbourne Victory), Princess Ibini-Isei (Sydney FC), Elise Kellond-Knight (Melbourne City), Alanna Kennedy (Sydney FC), Sam Kerr (Perth Glory), Chloe Logarzo (Sydney FC), Aivi Luik (Levante UD), Teresa Polias (Sydney FC), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Hayley Raso (Brisbane Roar), Gema Simon (Newcastle Jets), Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets),