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The Matildas squad for two upcoming blockbuster Olympics warm-ups against Denmark and Sweden has been revealed – and there’s one huge omission.

The 25-woman squad will be reduced to 18 for the Tokyo Olympics, though there is the slim possibility of a bolter being named from outside the extended squad if injuries require.

There are four uncapped players: three 19-year-olds in Kyra Cooney-Cross, Charlotte Grant, and Courtney Nevin, and 23-year-old glovewoman Teagan Micah.

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Rising star Beattie Goad is another fresh face, receiving both of her caps to date in the Matildas’ April clashes against Germany and the Netherlands.

Three other youngsters who each debuted during those fixtures were unfortunate to miss out on the current squad: Indiah-Paige Riley, Alexandra Huynh and Dylan Holmes.

But missing from the squad is Australian football legend Lisa De Vanna, who recently won a record-equalling fifth W-League championship with Melbourne Victory.

At 36, de Vanna has the second-most Matildas caps with 150, just one behind record-holder Cheryl Salisbury.

And the former Matildas captain is Australia’s all-time topscorer with 47 international strikes, five more than Sam Kerr.

But having represented the Matildas since 2004, competing in four World Cups and two Olympic Games since then, de Vanna missed out on selection for the current squad.

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Tony Gustavsson opened up on his decision in a brand-new Fox Football Podcast: “First of all I want to say, and I said this to Lisa earlier on when we connected earlier this year, I have tremendous amounts of respect for what Lisa has done for the game. I wouldn’t be where I am today, as the head coach of the Matildas and its program, if it wasn’t for Lisa. And also look at what she did in the W-League this year, in bringing the youngsters up and trying to carry that team to the championship as well.

“That’s also the reason why I wanted to give her the chance to come into that May camp based on what she did, especially in that semi-final where she was brilliant.

“She’s been competing as everyone else has. My answer is that first of all I want to respect the integrity and my communication with individual players and not share that too much in public – that’s up for the players to do.

“What I can say is, that if you look at the list of players who are in here, I have unfortunately had to leave a lot of attacking threats outside of this roster of 25, Lisa being one of them. I think we have a lot of phenomenal options when it comes to forwards and attacking midfielders. I think we’re heavy in depth when it comes to those positions.

“And when I’m going to build a roster for the Olympics, I need to look under every stone to see how can I build this team in the best way possible and where do I need cover in terms of multifunctional players who can play multiple roles. How can I look at getting a little bit better depth in the backline area?

“If you then look at the roster now with players like Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Em Gielnik, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon and so forth. As you see we have a lot of forwards options. I didn’t feel there was room for Lisa in this roster this time.”

Amy Harrison and Ellie Carpenter, who both missed the last camp after being selected due to COVID-19 protocols, have both been named.

FIXTURES

Denmark v Westfield Matildas

Friday, 11 June 2021

Venue: CASA Arena, Horsens

Kick Off: 02:00 (AEST)

Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports and Kayo

Sweden v Westfield Matildas

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Venue: Kalmar Arena, Kalmar

Kick Off: 02:45 (AEST)

Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports and Kayo

FULL SQUAD

Mackenzie Arnold, Goalkeeper, West Ham United (ENG)

Laura Brock, Defender, En Avant de Guingamp (FRA)

Ellie Carpenter, Defender, Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)

Steph Catley, Defender, Arsenal FC (ENG)

Alex Chidiac, Midfielder, Uncontracted

Kyra Cooney-Cross, Midfielder, Blacktown Spartans (AUS)

Caitlin Cooper, Defender, Illawarra Stingrays (AUS)

Caitlin Foord, Forward, Arsenal FC (ENG)

Mary Fowler, Forward, Montpellier, (FRA)

Emily Gielnik, Forward, Vittsjo GIK (SWE)

Beatrice Goad, Defender, SV Meppen (GER)

Charlotte Grant, Defender, FC Rosengård (SWE)

Amy Harrison, Midfielder, PSV Eindhoven (NED)

Elise Kellond-Knight, Midfielder, Hammarby (SWE)

Alanna Kennedy, Defender, Unattached

Sam Kerr, Forward, Chelsea FC (ENG)

Aivi Luik, Midfielder, Sevilla (ESP)

Teagan Micah, Goalkeeper, IL Sandviken (ISL)

Courtney Nevin, Defender, Blacktown Spartans

Clare Polkinghorne, Defender, Vittsjo GIK (SWE)

Hayley Raso, Forward, Everton FC (ENG)

Kyah Simon, Forward, PSV Eindhoven (NED)

Emily van Egmond, Midfielder, Unattached

Lydia Williams, Goalkeeper, Arsenal FC (ENG)

Tameka Yallop, Midfielder, West Ham United (ENG)

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