Two Glory stars named in World Cup squad

Perth Glory W-League stars Samantha Kerr and Collette McCallum were today named in the Westfield Matildas 21-player squad to compete in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany next month.

Perth Glory W-League stars Samantha Kerr and Collette McCallum were today named in the Westfield Matildas 21-player squad to compete in the 2011 FIFA Women-s World Cup in Germany next month.

The Westfield Matildas squad contains 13 FIFA Women-s World Cup debutants and an average age of just under 22 making this team the youngest squad Australia has ever sent to a World Cup.

Seven players under the age of 20 have been selected in the squad including Westfield W-League Player of the Year Kyah Simon, Tameka Butt, 16-year-old Caitlin Foord and 17-year-old trio Emily van Egmond, Sam Kerr and Teigen Allen.

Star striker Lisa De Vanna has been selected in the squad following her efforts at the recent Gold Coast training camp and will join her teammates on June 14 in Sydney to travel to Germany.

“This has been one of the toughest selection processes I have ever had to go through and there were a lot of variables the coaching staff had to weigh up before selecting this final 21 player list,” said Sermanni.

“The camps have been incredibly competitive and players have emerged during this process that were not even on my list when we won the AFC Women-s Asian Cup last year.

“Overall I am very happy with the composition of the squad but it is incredibly difficult to have to leave certain players out.

“The team has changed dramatically in the past 18 months and as I said before the Asian Cup we will definitely go into this tournament with cautious optimism.”

The Westfield Matildas leave for Germany on June 14 to play in two training matches against Mexico (June 20 - Gottingen) and England (June 23 - Wolfsburg) prior to their first match against Brazil on June 29 (June 30, 12.15am AWST SBS ONE), before playing Equatorial Guinea on July 3 (8pm AWST SBS TWO) and Norway on July 6 (July 7, 12am AWST SBS ONE).

Westfield Matildas FIFA Women-s World Cup 2011 squad

'A' games All games All games Age Club

Teigen Allen 7 (0) 7 (0) 2010-2011 17 Sydney FC Laura Alleway 2 (0) 2 (0) 2010-2011 21 Brisbane Roar Melissa Barbieri 76 (0) 83 (0) 2002-2010 31 Melbourne Victory Tameka Butt 19 (1) 19 (1) 2007-2010 19 Brisbane Roar Kim Carroll 38 (2) 40 (2) 2005-2011 23 Brisbane Roar Lauren Colthorpe 49 (6) 49 (6) 2005-2010 25 Brisbane Roar Lisa De Vanna 65 (24) 72 (24) 2004-2010 26 Brisbane Roar/magicJack Casey Dumont 0 (0) 0 (0) - 19 Brisbane Roar Caitlin Foord 1 (1) 1 (1) 2011- 16 Sydney FC Heather Garriock 119 (20) 128 (21) 1999-2010 28 Sydney FC/LdB Malmo Elise Kellond-Knight 19 (0) 19 (0) 2007-2011 20 Brisbane Roar Samantha Kerr 13 (3) 13 (3) 2009-2011 17 Perth Glory Leena Khamis 16 (4) 16 (4) 2008-2011 24 Sydney FC Collette McCallum 62 (9) 64 (9) 2005-2010 25 Perth Glory Ellyse Perry 13 (2) 13 (2) 2007-2011 20 Canberra United Clare Polkinghorne 43 (2) 43 (2) 2006-2011 24 Brisbane Roar Sally Shipard 52 (3) 59 (4) 2004-2010 25 Canberra United Kyah Simon 24 (4) 24 (4) 2007-2011 19 Sydney FC Servet Uzunlar 20 (1) 20 (1) 2008-2011 21 Sydney FC Emily van Egmond 3 (0) 3 (0) 2010-2011 17 Canberra United Lydia Williams 24 (0) 24 (0) 2005-2011 23 Canberra United