Impetus hears the latest goings-on in Australia’s camp ahead of their friendly next week with the Republic of Ireland. There is news of a late squad change and the views of Jenna McCormick and Chloe Logarzo.
Above: Jenna McCormick, back in training with the Matildas in Dublin this week. Photo: Football Australia.
Ellie Carpenter and Kyah Simon have been withdrawn from the Matildas squad for next Wednesday’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next Tuesday.
The Olympique Lyonnais defender and Tottenham Hotspur attacker will now remain with their clubs.
In their place come the Fortuna Hjørring duo forward Indiah-Paige Riley and midfielder Clare Wheeler who becomes the latest player to earn a first call up to the senior side, while Riley will return to the Commonwealth Bank Matildas after earning her first cap in April against Germany.
Australia’s 25 player squad commenced their training camp in Dublin on Monday with Wheeler and Riley joining the assembly yesterday afternoon.
Also returning to the squad is defender Jenna McCormick, for whom the training camp marks a return to the national team after an 18-month absence.
“A lot can happen in 18 months,” said McCormick. “I feel like I have ridden the rollercoaster of football; the highs, the lows, and everything in between.”
“It has been challenging. It has been good, it has been bad, it has been the entire spectrum of football emotions. Fast forward to now, it’s a different story. I am really happy where I am in Denmark playing for Aarhus and just back to loving my football.”
At the other end of the spectrum, midfielder Chloe Logarzo returns to the camp following a short break at the conclusion of the team’s intense Tokyo campaign. Recently earning her 50th cap for Australia, Logarzo is currently playing her club football in the United States with Kansas City.
“My time in Kansas City has been really good. It’s really nice to be back in the US. It’s quite comfortable for me (there),” she said.
“It’s definitely where I want to be for my personal self. I think it’s definitely what makes me grow as a player, on and off the field.”
Updated Australia Squad to face the Republic of Ireland:
|Mackenzie Arnold||Goalkeeper||West Ham United||26 (0)|
|Angie Beard||Defender||Fortuna Hjørring||0 (0)|
|Steph Catley||Defender||Arsenal WFC||91 (3)|
|Emma Checker||Defender||Melbourne City||7 (0)|
|Kyra Cooney-Cross||Midfielder||Melbourne Victory||9 (0)|
|Mary Fowler||Forward||Montpellier||15 (2)|
|Emily Gielnik||Forward||Aston Villa||48 (11)|
|Charlotte Grant||Defender||FC Rosengård||0 (0)|
|Amy Harrison||Midfielder||PSV Eindhoven||13 (0)|
|Winonah Heatley||Defender||Växjö||0 (0)|
|Alanna Kennedy||Defender||Manchester City||98 (8)|
|Sam Kerr||Forward||Chelsea||99 (48)|
|Chloe Logarzo||Midfielder||Kansas City||53 (8)|
|Jenna McCormick||Defender||AGF Fodbold||4 (0)|
|Teagan Micah||Goalkeeper||FC Rosengård||7 (0)|
|Courtney Nevin||Defender||Unattached||3 (0)|
|Clare Polkinghorne||Defender||Vittsjö GIK||135 (11)|
|Jamilla Rankin||Defender||Brisbane Roar||0 (0)|
|Hayley Raso||Forward||Manchester City||56 (6)|
|Indiah-Paige Riley||Forward||Fortuna Hjørring||1 (0)|
|Remy Siemsen||Forward||Sydney FC||0 (0)|
|Emily van Egmond||Midfielder||Unattached||108 (23)|
|Clare Wheeler||Midfielder||Fortuna Hjørring||0 (0)|
|Lydia Williams||Goalkeeper||Arsenal||91 (0)|
|Tameka Yallop||Midfielder||West Ham United||96 (11)|
Republic of Ireland v Australia
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Kick-Off: 7pm local time (4:00 Wednesday 22nd September AEST)