Debuts, three consecutive starts and plenty of minutes summarise the most recent FIFA International Window.
We start in Ireland where left back Deborah-Anne de la Harpe was a late inclusion in the squad following her FIFA clearance from Australia to the European country.
It was her first senior international call-up and she started in a 0-0 draw with China on Wednesday night European time.
De la Harpe returns back to Australia just in time for her clash against Wellington Phoenix this weekend.
Back on home soil, Cortnee Vine proved any doubters wrong with three brilliant performances in the Cup of Nations with the Matildas. Starting all three games, she capped her time on pitch with a beautiful opening goal against European heavyweights Spain that has racked up thousands of views across social media.
It is clear to see that Vine is well and truly part of Tony Gustavsson’s plans for the future as we edge ever closer to the FIFA Women’s Word Cup, hitting Australian shores in June.
Five Sky Blues were selected in the Young Matildas camp to take on Western United and Melbourne City as part of a training schedule that prepares the girls for the 2024 AFC U20’s Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers which begin in March.
Jynaya Dos Santos, Tahlia Franco, Shay Hollman, Anika Stajcic and Mary Stancic-Floody were all included in the squad for the two matches who took on the two sides currently occupying the top two spots on the Liberty A-League ladder and they can be pleased with their efforts coming through a 4-0 loss against City and an impressive 3-0 victory over Western.
Ante Juric will be pleased to see a number of his players maintain fitness through the break as he and his side push through into the run in to the end of the season.
Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC
Liberty A-League Round 15
Sunday 26th February 2023
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Kick Off: 11am AEDT (1pm Local)
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Play
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