Australia coach Alen Stajcic has named his squad for next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ with the 23-strong roster boasting significant experience despite a youthful feel.
Though the average age is 23, there are 13 survivors from the squad which was eliminated by Sweden in the quarter-finals at Germany 2011.
At 35 goalkeeper Melissa Hudson (nee Barbieri) is heading for her fourth Women’s World Cup, while three others – Lisa De Vanna, Clare Polkinghorne and Lydia Williams – are set for their third.
At the other end of the spectrum is 19-year-old utility Larissa Crummer who is the youngest member of the squad.
Newcastle Jets’ Emily van Egmond enters the tournament having been named the W-League Player of the Year on Monday, while Matildas’ midfield colleague Katrina Gorry is the reigning Asian Player of the Year.
Notable absentees from the squad are former skipper and Matildas’ leading goalscorer Kate Gill, goalkeeper Brianna Davey and fullback Teigen Allen.
Australia have been into a tough group alongside world No1 USA, European powerhouse Sweden and African champions Nigeria.
Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams (Washington Spirit/USA), Melissa Hudson (Adelaide United), Mackenzie Arnold (Perth Glory).
*Defenders: *Clare Polkinghorne, Laura Alleway (both Brisbane Roar), Servet Uzunlar (Sydney FC), Steph Catley (Melbourne Victory), Elise Kellond-Knight (Brisbane Roar).
Midfielders: Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United), Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets), Leena Khamis (Sydney FC), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Alanna Kennedy (Perth Glory), Teresa Polias (Sydney FC), Hayley Raso, Katrina Gorry (both Brisbane Roar), Nicola Bolger (Sydney FC).
Forwards: Larissa Crummer (Brisbane Roar), Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), Lisa De Vanna (Melbourne Victory), Kyah Simon (Sydney FC), Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory), Michelle Heyman (Canberra United).
* Squad lists are only official once they have been confirmed and published by FIFA. **