Australia's Under-20 female side to take on Canada and USA in Canberra
The Young Matildas insist they are eager to test themselves against the very best as they build up towards qualification for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
Australia’s junior female team will face Canada and then USA twice at the AIS in Canberra from 8-12 July.
Senior internationals Ellie Carpenter and Alex Chidiac have been named in the squad, with coach Gary van Egmond keen to see how his team fares against two of the best sides in the world.
“It will give us a really good eye opener on what this level is all about and it’s good for us from the perspective of assessing and looking to see how we finalise the squad ahead of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championships in October,” he said.
The AFC tournament doubles up as the qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup in France in 2018, so players will be keen to show what they can do against Canada and USA.
“The squad has changed around a bit so that shows there are opportunities for players who are working hard and doing well. At the moment these 23 players have got a spot in the squad and it’s up to them to try and keep their position,” van Egmond added.
Young Matildas squad: Melina Ayres, Melinda Barbieri, Georgia Boric, Hannah Bourke, Ellie Carpenter, Alex Chidiac, Teigan Collister, Nickoletta Flannery, Annie Grove, Mackenzie Hawkesby, Claire Hunt, Princess Ibini, Ashleigh Lefevre, Rachel Lowe, Grace Maher, Annabel Martin, Jada Mathyssen-Whyman, Alyssa Rose, Amy Sayer, Remy Siemsen, Kaitlyn Torpey, Cortnee Vine, Clare Wheeler.