Six Sydney FC players in Westfield Matildas squad

Six Sydney FC W-League players have been named in the Westfield Matildas 20-player squad who will depart next week for China to compete for a place at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Six Sydney FC W-League players have been named in the Westfield Matildas 20-player squad who will depart next week for China to compete for a place at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Head Coach Tom Sermanni announced his 20-player squad which includes returning experienced pair Sarah Walsh and Thea Slatyer who have both battled back from injuries that kept them out of the FIFA Women-s World Cup in Germany.

Aivi Luik also returns after narrowly missing out on a spot on the plane to Germany and comes in for injured Brisbane Roar team mate Lauren Colthorpe who has a knee injury.

Ellyse Perry, Leena Khamis and Casey Dumont also missed selection in the reduced 20-player squad.

“Again it has been a difficult decision in selecting the squad,” said Sermanni.

“We have a large and talented squad and when you can only select 20 players for an 11 day, five match tournament you need to be very balanced in the selection process.

“The flexibility of the playing group given the number of games we have to play over a very short period is key.

“Both Thea and Walshy bring special qualities to the squad and now they are fully fit will give us the added bonus through their extensive experience and knowledge of playing big matches in Asia.”

Australia-s road to the Olympics begins next month in Jinan, China, in a gruelling six team, 11 day round robin tournament with the top two teams progressing to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Westfield Matildas play AFC Women-s Asian Cup runners-up DPR Korea in their opening match on September 1 at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre.

Westfield Matildas FIFA Women-s World Cup 2011 squad

Name Caps Age Club
Teigen Allen 9 (0) 2010-2011 17 Sydney FC
Laura Alleway 4 (0) 2010-2011 21 Brisbane Roar
Melissa Barbieri 80 (0) 2002-2011 31 Melbourne Victory
Tameka Butt 23 (1) 2007-2011 19 Brisbane Roar
Kim Carroll 44 (2) 2005-2011 23 Brisbane Roar
Lisa De Vanna 71 (25) 2004-2011 26 Brisbane Roar/magicJack
Caitlin Foord 5 (1) 2011 16 Sydney FC
Heather Garriock 125 (20) 1999-2011 28 Sydney FC/LdB Malmo
Elise Kellond-Knight 25 (0) 2007-2011 20 Brisbane Roar
Samantha Kerr 18 (3) 2009-2011 17 Perth Glory
Aivi Luik 12 (0) 2010-2011 25 Brisbane Roar
Collette McCallum 68 (11) 2005-2011 25 Perth Glory
Clare Polkinghorne 49 (2) 2006-2011 22 Brisbane Roar
Sally Shipard 57 (4) 2004-2011 25 Canberra United
Kyah Simon 29 (7) 2007-2011 19 Sydney FC
Thea Slatyer 46 (2) 2002-2010 27 Uncontracted
Servet Uzunlar 26 (1) 2008-2011 21 Sydney FC
Emily van Egmond 8 (1) 2010-2011 17 Canberra United
Sarah Walsh 62 (29) 2004-2010 27 Sydney FC
Lydia Williams 26 (0) 2005-2011 23 Canberra United

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