Kyah Simon named in Matildas’ Ladies’s World Cup squad


Matildas veteran Kyah Simon has accomplished the unlikeliest of comebacks to win a spot in Australia’s Ladies’s World Cup squad, 9 months after tearing her ACL.

Coach Tony Gustavsson and captain Sam Kerr unveiled the 23-player squad in Melbourne on Monday.

Simon appeared virtually sure to overlook a second consecutive World Cup by way of damage, having not performed a aggressive sport since tearing her anterior cruciate ligament when enjoying for Tottenham in October.

However the 32-year-old was included in Australia’s provisional squad and featured in a current Gold Coast coaching camp, the place these with little uncovered type or accidents pressed their choice circumstances.

Gustavsson confirmed Simon can be a substitute choice who may very well be used as a “sport changer” off the bench.

“She’s not chosen primarily based on the place she is correct now, she’s chosen primarily based on the place we’re pondering she is available in a month from now,” he mentioned.

“She has an exceptional reference to not simply Sam, however all of the gamers. There’s an understanding and a historical past there on the pitch that we’ve seen a number of instances.

“The final time I noticed it was within the Olympics when she was behind lots of our objectives. So she’s primarily based on being a sport changer.

“I’ve been very clear to Kyah, I don’t count on her to begin the sport. I don’t assume she’s going to be prepared for that, however the sport changer off the bench.”

Gustavsson famous he may change his squad as much as 24 hours earlier than the primary match in opposition to Eire on July 20.

Harm-plagued Manchester Metropolis centre-back Alanna Kennedy hasn’t featured for the Matildas since September, however has additionally been named within the squad.

Tameka Yallop, Clare Polkinghorne and Mary Fowler have all acquired the nod regardless of damage clouds.

Simon was ignored of the 2019 squad by then-coach Ante Milicic after damage ruined her preparation.

She attended the 2011 and 2015 tournaments, together with scoring the winner in opposition to Brazil within the latter to ship Australia into the quarter-finals, their finest end but at a World Cup.

Veterans Polkinghorne and Lydia Williams every earned choice for his or her fifth World Cup squads.

However there was no room for Chloe Logarzo, Larissa Crummer, Emily Gielnik, Amy Sayer, Remy Siemsen or Jada Whyman.

These gamers will proceed to coach with the squad.

Australia’s group video games come in opposition to Eire on July 20, Nigeria on July 27 and Canada on July 31.

The Matildas’ ultimate tune-up match is in opposition to France on July 14 at Marvel Stadium.


Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micah, Lydia Williams

Defenders: Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Charlotte Grant, Clare Hunt, Alanna Kennedy, Aivi Luik, Courtney Nevin, Clare Polkinghorne

Midfielders: Alex Chidiac, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Katrina Gorry, Emily van Egmond, Clare Wheeler, Tameka Yallop

Forwards: Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon, Cortnee Vine.