Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson names squad to face Germany, Netherlands

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Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson has named four debutantes in his first squad for internationals against Germany and the Netherlands later this month.

The 23-player party comprises 13 players who helped Australia to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with seasoned defender Laura Brock, fellow defender Emma Checker and midfielders Amy Harrison, Amy Sayer and Ella Mastrantonio recalled.

Four uncapped players were also added to the senior national team squad, including former Young Matildas Indiah-Paige Riley, Beatrice Goad and Alex Huynh. Dylan Holmes, who plays for BK Hachen in Sweden, is the other.

The group will assemble in the Netherlands on Apr. 5.

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In their first matches since March 2020, Australia will face two of world football's heavyweights in reigning Olympic gold medallists Germany and FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 finalists the Netherlands, on Apr. 11 and 14 (AEST) respectively.

"With this camp and international matches, the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games take a signficant step forward and I am eager to see what the players will bring to the environment," Gustavsson said.

"Knowing the close bond between the playing group, this camp will be good for morale as we assemble for the first time in almost 400 days.

"Even with all the challenges that have been presented, including the decision to exclude selection of Australian-based players, I believe this is a great chance to learn about the qualities of all the players; on and off the pitch."

Six players from the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic qualifiers were unavailable for selection, including midfielder Katrina Gorry, who is expecting her first child in August.

Defender Steph Catley, midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight and forward Kyah Simon will continue injury rehabilitation in their home environments.

"Germany and the Netherlands are extremely tough teams with incredibly talented players," Gustavsson said.

"They provide an opportunity for the coaching staff, Mel Andreatta and I to evaluate the team and closely examine how we want to evolve.

"The exciting part is that every player has the chance to prove themselves, whether they are an experienced player with almost 100 caps, or a player earning their first call up.

"On the back of the announcement of the host cities [for the 2023 Women's World Cup], this is not only about Olympic preparation but it is also the start of our road to the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023."


Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United), Laura Brock (Avant de Guingamp), Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Emma Checker (UMF Selfoss), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Mary Fowler (Montpellier), Emily Gielnik (Vittsjo GIK), Beatrice Goad (SV Meppen), Amy Harrison (PSV), Dylan Holmes (BK Hachen), Alexandra Huynh (Napoli), Alanna Kennedy (Tottenham Hotspur), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Chloe Logarzo (Kansas City), Aivi Luik (Sevilla), Ella Mastranonio (Bristol City), Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK), Hayley Raso (Everton), Indiah-Paige Riley (Fortuna Hjorring), Karly Roestbakken (LSK Kvinner), Amy Sayer (Stanford University), Emily Van Egmond (West Ham United), Lydia Williams (Arsenal).