International City: Four players selected in Australia's World Cup squad

Melbourne City’s Steph Catley, Lydia Williams, Elise Kellond-Knight and Tameka Yallop (nee Butt) have been selected in Australia’s final 23-player squad to compete at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in France.

Experienced goalkeeper Lydia Williams has earned her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup™ selection, while Tameka Yallop and Elise Kellond-Knight will venture to their third major tournament.

City captain Steph Catley will serve as vice-captain, alongside Westfield Matildas captain Sam Kerr at the tournament.

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic said he’s pleased with the balance of the roster and is excited by the experience that his team will take into France.

“This is a special group of Australian footballers because, as a unit, they have accumulated a wealth of international experience despite the average age of the team being quite young,” Milicic said.

“Having players that have appeared at multiple FIFA Women’s World Cups in our squad will help to guide the eight players traveling to their first Women’s World Cup, and I believe we will have genuine competition for starting positions across all areas of the pitch.

”I don’t like to single out individuals, however I would like to congratulate Lisa (De Vanna), Clare (Polkinghorne), and Lydia (Williams) for earning selection in their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup™ squads.

“I am really looking forward to joining the squad in Turkey, and believe we can make significant progress before our first match is played in Valenciennes,” he said.

City attacker Kyah Simon will be one of two additional players – alongside Kyra Cooney-Cross – who will join the Matildas in Europe prior to the tournament on standby.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ will kick-off in just under one month’s time with hosts France taking on Korea Republic at the Parc des Princes in Paris, while the Matildas will tackle Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes two days later.

Australia will play the Netherlands in a pre-FIFA Women’s World Cup™ friendly in Eindhoven on Saturday, 1 June 2019.

City’s four Matildas will join defender Rebekah Stott at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, who was named in the Football Ferns 23-woman squad by Head Coach Tom Sermanni last month and England international Jodie Taylor who is set to lead Head Coach Phil Neville's Lionesses attack.

Westfield Matildas Squad | FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Squad Number

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Previous FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Selections

1

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Seattle Reign, USA

77 (0)

2007, 2011, 2015

2

Gema SIMON

Newcastle Jets FC, Australia

11 (0)

 

3

Aivi LUIK

Levante UD, Spain

21 (0)

 

4

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Houston Dash, USA

116 (9)

2007, 2011, 2015

5

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

60 (2)

2011, 2015

6

Chloe LOGARZO

Washington Spirit, USA

37 (6)

 

7

Steph CATLEY (VC)

Seattle Reign, USA

71 (2)

2015

8

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

Seattle Reign, USA

106 (1)

2011, 2015

9

Caitlin FOORD

Portland Thorns, USA

71 (16)

2011, 2015

10

Emily VAN EGMOND

Orlando Pride, USA

85 (18)

2011, 2015

11

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

147 (47)

2007, 2011, 2015

12

Teagan MICAH (Gk)

UCLA, USA

0 (0)

 

13

Tameka YALLOP

Klepp IL, USA

78 (10)

2011, 2015

14

Alanna KENNEDY

Orlando Pride, USA

77 (7)

2015

15

Emily GIELNIK

Melbourne Victory, Australia

28 (7)

 

16

Hayley RASO

Portland Thorns, USA

34 (4)

2015

17

Mary FOWLER

Bankstown City Lions, Australia

4 (0)

 

18

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

23 (0)

2015

19

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

73 (14)

2015

20

Sam KERR (C)

Chicago Red Stars, USA

76 (31)

2011, 2015

21

Ellie CARPENTER

Portland Thorns, USA

31 (1)

 

22

Amy HARRISON

Washington Spirit, USA

10 (0)

 

23

Teigen ALLEN

Melbourne Victory, Australia

40 (0)

2011


Upcoming Matches | Westfield Matildas

Netherlands vs. Australia (International Friendly)
Date: Saturday, 1 June 2019
Venue: 6.15pm (local) – 2.15am AEST (Sunday, 2 June 2019)
Venue: Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and SBS VICELAND

Australia vs. Italy (FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C)
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France
Kick-off: 1.00pm (local) – 9.00pm AEST
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS TV and Optus Sport

Australia vs. Brazil (FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C)
Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France
Kick-off: 6.00pm (local) – 2.00am AEST (Friday, 14 June 2019)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS TV and Optus Sport

Jamaica vs. Australia (FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C)
Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France
Kick-off: 9.00pm (local) – 5.00am AEST (Wednesday, 19 June 2019)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS TV and Optus Sport