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Five Matildas to watch at the World Cup

07:20 GMT+3 04/06/2019
These are the players that could prove decisive for Australia in France

With the 2019 Women's World Cup nearly upon us, a number of Matildas will be eagerly awaiting their chance to shine.

Australia arrives in France ranked sixth in the world with a number of star players in their squad ready to have a big impact.

Here are five Matildas to keep a close eye on...

  • Sam Kerr Alyssa Naeher USWNT Australia 2019

    #1 Sam Kerr

    The undisputed star of the Matildas and Australia's captain in France.

    Kerr continues to break goal-scoring records at club level and knows how to find the back of the net for her country too.

    While yet to score at a World Cup after failing to fire in 2011 and 2015, it's hard to see her not breaking that duck this time around. 

    As lively as players come in the final third, Kerr has a knack of being where she's needed without the ball and is difficult to dispossess when she does have the ball at her feet.

    Will be Australia's most likely outlet for goals and as such may find herself marked out of games - in turn leaving her to create space for her teammates. 

  • Caitlin Foord Matildas

    #2 Caitlin Foord

    One player set to benefit from the attention Kerr will get in the final third is Caitlin Foord.

    The Sydney FC striker recently won the W-League at club level and arrives in France full of confidence in front of goal. 

    Foord scored a hat-trick for the Matildas in late 2018 against Chile and has backed that up with two further goals for her country in 2019.

    Compliments Kerr really well up front with the duo capable of wreaking havoc when on song. 

  • Alanna Kennedy Matildas

    #3 Alanna Kennedy

    Despite being just 24, the Matildas defender is close to bringing up her 80th international appearance for the green and gold with that experience set to prove key.

    Kennedy has become Australia's rock at the back over recent years with her aerial ability a big asset for the Matildas both in defence and attack.

    Capable of scoring a stunning free-kick too, Kennedy is useful across the pitch and will be the glue that holds Australia's back-line together. 

  • Mary Fowler Matildas

    #4 Mary Fowler

    Still just 16, Mary Fowler could announce herself to the world in France.

    While unlikely to start any matches, the talented attacker could prove useful off the bench and has a real nose for goal.

    Fowler recently scored five goals in just over an hour for the Young Matildas and is a useful wildcard for Ante Milicic to have up his sleeve. 

  • Hayley Raso Matildas

    #5 Hayley Raso

    After breaking her back in 2018, Hayley Raso's journey back to football hasn't been easy but she has very quickly found her feet. 

    The winger scored earlier this year for the Matildas in the Cup of Nations with her pace and poise in the final third set to prove vital in France

    While her place in the starting side isn't guaranteed, Raso could play a part off the bench with her fresh legs capable of causing tiring defences trouble.