Forwards Holly McNamara and Cortnee Vine complete 23-man AFC Women’s Asian Cup squad

The 23 players who will represent Australia at the AFC India 2022 Women’s Asian Cup™ have been finalized by Commonwealth Bank Matildas Head Coach Tony Gustavsson following a camp pre-tournament training in Dubai.

Following the announcement of the first player selections, forwards Cortnee Vine and Holly McNamara will complete the representatives at the Asian Continental Championships.

Confirming the arrival of Vine (Sydney FC) and McNamara (Melbourne City), Gustavsson praised the forwards for working their way into their first senior international team.

“It’s been a high quality week from everyone in this pre-tournament training camp,” Gustavssson said. “The quality of the performances of the players already selected, and of the four who are fighting for the last two positions, made this decision extremely difficult.”

“I want to be clear, this was not a case of Karly Roestbakken and Wini Heatley getting into a fight, but a case of Cortnee Vine and Holly McNamara playing each other in the Asian Cup squad.”

Players train in pre-camp in Dubai

“I think a lot of people probably thought we were going to go with one defender, one striker out of the four players however, we felt that with the experience and the multi-functional players that we had already selected for this tournament, we have the cover in defensive positions.”

“We have instead decided to select the best players for this tournament who are in the best shape. Holly and Cortnee have shown us that this is the case right now and that they deserve to be selected.

Just five days away from Australia’s opener, attention has turned to Indonesia with Commonwealth Bank Matildas opening their AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ campaign on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Mumbai Football Arena.

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Having now finalized the squad, Gustavsson believes the team is in great shape to be serious contenders for the Asian Cup trophy again.

“I think as far as the team chemistry is concerned, I have a very good impression of the group,” Gustavsson continued. “You can see there are a lot of players starting to find their vibe and that tournament vibe.”

“At the moment the only objective is the opening game. We want to start on the front foot. We want to have a good performance to open the tournament in the best possible way and that is where all our attention is focused.

Australia will arrive in India on Monday as it completes its groundwork in Mumbai.

All matches will be broadcast live on Network 10 and streamed via 10 Play in Australia.

MORE: Ultimate Guide: AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022

Last name

Position

club

Caps (goals)

Junior Club / Member Federation

Mackenzie ARNOLD

Goalie

West Ham United

27 (0)

Burleigh/Queensland Football

Ellie CHARPENTIER

Return

Lyons

54 (1)

Cowra and District / Football NSW

Steph CATLEY

Return

Arsenal WFC

96 (3)

East Bentleigh, SE Cougars/Soccer Victoria

Kyra COONEY-CROSS

Midfielder

Melbourne Victory

14 (0)

Ballarat City/Soccer Victoria

Caitlin FOORD

Cheeky

Arsenal WFC

95 (21)

Warilla Wanderers / Football NSW

Marie Fowler

Cheeky

Montpellier

20 (5)

Leichhardt / Football QLD

Emilie GIELNIK

Cheeky

AstonVilla

50 (11)

Redlands United / Football QLD

Charlotte GRANT

Return

FC Rosengard

30)

Cumberland United Women’s FC / South Australia Football

Alanna KENNEDY

Return

Manchester City

102 (8)

Campbelltown Cobras/NSW Football

Sam Kerr

Cheeky

chelsea

104 (49)

Knights of the West/Football West

Aivi LUIK

Return

Pomigliano

33 (0)

Palm Beach SC / Football QLD

Holly McNAMARA

Cheeky

City of Melbourne

0 (0)

Ermington United Sports and Leisure Club / Football NSW

Teagan MICAH

Goalie

FC Rosengard

8 (0)

Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football QLD

Courtney NEVIN

Return

Melbourne Victory

7 (0)

Oakville Ravens / NSW Football

Claire POLKINGHORNE

Return

Vittsjö GIK

138 (12)

Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba / QLD Football

Hayley Raso

Cheeky

Manchester City

58 (6)

Banora Point / Football QLD

Remy SIEMSEN

Cheeky

FC Sydney

2 (0)

Manly United / New South Wales Football

Kyah SIMON

Cheeky

Tottenham Hotspur

105 (27)

Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football NSW

Emilie VAN EGMOND

Midfielder

Newcastle Jets (on loan)

112 (23)

Dudley-Redhead / Northern New South Wales Football

Cornee VINE

Cheeky

FC Sydney

0 (0)

Peninsula Power FC / QLD Football

Claire Wheeler

Midfielder

Fortuna Hjorring

5 (0)

Adamstown Rosebud / Northern New South Wales Football

Lydia WILLIAMS

Goalie

Arsenal WFC

95 (0)

Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football

Tameka YALLOP

Midfielder

West Ham United

101 (11)

Mudgeeraba / Football QLD

Commonwealth Bank Matildas Matches | AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ | Group stage

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Indonesia
Dated: Friday, January 21, 2022
Place: Bombay Football Arena, Bombay
To start up: 3:30 p.m. (local), 9 p.m. (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

Philippines vs Commonwealth Bank Matildas
Dated: Monday, January 24, 2022
Place: Bombay Football Arena, Bombay
To start up: 3:30 p.m. (local), 9 p.m. (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Thailand
Dated: Thursday, January 27, 2022 / Friday, January 28, 2022
Place: Bombay Football Arena, Bombay
To start up: 7:30 p.m. (local time), 1:00 a.m. (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

For more information on the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, go here.

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