Big names return for Matildas series with Brazil

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Australia has named a beardown squad for its two-match bid against Brazil, arsenic the Matildas get acceptable to play astatine location for the archetypal clip successful implicit 600 days.

It volition beryllium their archetypal lucifer successful Australia since aboriginal March 2020, erstwhile they hosted Vietnam successful the archetypal limb of their Olympics qualifying play-off, winning 5-0.

Caitlin Foord returns to the Matildas squad. (Getty)

Emily van Egmond, Kyah Simon and Caitlin Foord each instrumentality to the fold, portion respective large names are sidelined owed to injuries.

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Chloe Logarzo suffered an ACL teardrop successful the Matildas' nonaccomplishment to Ireland, portion Elise Kellond-Knight, Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik were besides unavailable for selection.

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Western Sydney guardant Bryleeh Henry has received her archetypal call-up to the elder nationalist team, arsenic caput manager Tony Gustavsson stressed that it was astir preparation, not performance, with the Asian Cup conscionable a fewer months away.

"I said that going into the September campy erstwhile we played against Ireland, we changed from 'performance mode' from the Olympics to 'preparation mode' [ahead of India 2022 and Australia/New Zealand 2023]," helium said.

Matildas manager Tony Gustavsson during the nonaccomplishment to Ireland. (Getty)

"That doesn't mean that we are going to measurement connected the tract not trying to triumph – we are ever going to effort and triumph erstwhile we play each crippled – but we are not going to effort and triumph astatine the disbursal of our preparations.

"We can't shy distant from pugnacious challenges and pugnacious games. We request to look astatine this arsenic a agelong tally towards the World Cup successful '23."

The Matildas volition beryllium looking to apprehension an atrocious tally of form, winning conscionable 2 of their 8 fixtures since qualifying for the Olympics.

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"We are going to support looking for caller players, and either invitation them to the grooming situation to spot them there, oregon for immoderate players that marque a bully content successful the grooming environment, besides marque definite that they get immoderate crippled time," Gustavsson said.

"It is each astir present who tin scope their afloat imaginable travel '23. It's not conscionable astir who is the best, it is astir who tin go the best, truthful we are looking astatine '23 successful each the decisions that we are making close now," helium said.

The planetary members of the squad volition get successful Australia aboriginal adjacent week.

Full squad: Mackenzie Arnold , Angela Beard, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Emma Checker, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Charlotte Grant, Bryleeh Henry, Alanna Kennedy, Sam Kerr, Teagan Micah, Courtney Nevin, Clare Polkinghorne, Jamilla Rankin, Karly Roestbakken, Remy Siemsen, Kyah Simon, Emily van Egmond, Clare Wheeler, Lydia Williams, Tameka Yallop.

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