Sam Kerr out of the Matildas squad for European tour

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The green and gold gun is being rested after a heavy workload

Superstar Sam Kerr has been rested from the Matildas tour squad for the two European friendlies in October.

Kerr, and goalkeeper Lydia Williams, were the surprise omissions from Alen Stajcic's 18-player squad to take on France [October 5] and England [October 9].

The list features several emerging stars including uncapped Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman, Sydney FC duo Princess Ibini and Amy Sayer and Mary Fowler.

"I am excited by the opportunity we have to develop the depth within our team during next month’s camp and am confident that this squad has the ability to challenge France in Saint-Etienne, and the Lionesses in London,” Stajcic said. 

"With some established Matildas not available for selection, our October matches will give us a great opportunity to test other players in what will be a challenging environment."

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It's likely Kerr and Williams are being rested for the November home fixtures against Chile after heavy workloads for club and country.

Matildas squad for their European tour

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk), Tameka BUTT, Ellie CARPENTER, Steph CATLEY, Alex CHIDIAC, Larissa CRUMMER, Lisa DE VANNA, Caitlin FOORD, Mary FOWLER, Emily GIELNIK, Princess IBINI, Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, Chloe LOGARZO, Aivi LUIK, Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (Gk), Clare POLKINGHORNE, Amy SAYER, Kyah SIMON

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