Melissa Hudson has been called back to the Australian squad for her 4th World Cup which will be kicking off next month in Canada.
Hudson 35, played the last of her 84 international matches in 2012, is one amongst the 3 goal keepers selected in the 23-player squad along with Washington-based Lydia Williams and MacKenzie Arnold, who was voted best goalkeeper in the national league. The squad would consist of 10 players who will be making a debut at the World-Cup, and 18 members of the squad which finished as runner-up in the 2014 Asian Cup.
Australia is in Group-D along with United States, Sweden, and Nigeria and is going to clash against the world no. 2 Americans at Winnipeg on June 8th. Katrina Gorry, the Asian Football Confederation’s player of the year, will be among the Australians on debut at the World Cup. Ellyse Perry, who has played cricket and soccer for Australia at the highest level, was not available for selection after missing much of the W-League season through injury. Australia coach Alen Stajcic said the Matildas squad would go into the tournament with an attacking mindset.
“It’s a dynamic, mobile team that can attack and score goals,” Stajcic said. “It is a team that has lots of variations in attack so I believe we can cause a threat to any team in the world, and the players that were picked were certainly picked with that in mind.”
Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams, Melissa Hudson, Mackenzie Arnold.
Defenders: Clare Polkinghorne, Laura Alleway, Servet Uzunlar, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight.
Midfielders: Ashleigh Sykes, Emily van Egmond, Leena Khamis, Tameka Butt, Alanna Kennedy, Teresa Polias, Hayley Raso, Katrina Gorry, Nicola Bolger.
Forwards: Larissa Crummer, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Samantha Kerr, Kyah Simon, Michelle Heyman.