Fowler recalled as Milicic names Matildas squad

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The new Matildas coach is looking to give a number of players a chance to impress

Ante Milicic has brought 16-year-old attacker Mary Fowler back into the Matildas squad for a friendly clash with the USA on April 5.

The Matildas coach has in fact added five names that weren't in his Cup of Nations squad as he looks to give fringe players a chance to shine ahead of the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Fowler's last brush with the national team saw her decline a call-up in late 2018 to focus on club opportunities with then-coach Alen Stajcic less than impressed with her decision. 

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"A little bit disappointing, I have to say," Stajcic said in November last year.

"She's in England training with a specialist sprint coach that was working with Cristiano Ronaldo, doing that now and trialling with some clubs over there."

Milicic, however, has brought her back into the fold along with uncapped duo Elizabeth Ralston and Teagan Micah.

“It has been my intention from the outset to give as many players as possible a chance to impress ahead of our final squad selection for France,” Milicic said. 

“Katrina, Chloe, Mary, Elizabeth, and Teagan will join us in the United States, and while some players have missed out on this window that doesn’t mean that their hopes of being with us at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup are over.

“We will be looking for players to step up in the United States both in training and our match against the world’s number one ranked side, and as a unit, we will be aiming to build upon the foundations and standards we set during the recent Cup of Nations."

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