Matildas: Tony Gustavsson meets with Ange Postecoglou

Matildas mentor Tony Gustavsson has turned to tremendous coach Ange Postecoglou for some “inspiration” in his bid to information Australia to this 12 months’s Olympic Video games with out the assistance of star striker Sam Kerr.

Gustavsson has named a 23-player squad – lacking the injured Kerr – for this month’s two-legged, home-and-away Paris Olympics qualifier in opposition to Uzbekistan in Tashkent and Melbourne.

Kerr (knee) was one in all three injured gamers not thought-about for choice, together with goalkeeper Lydia Williams (ankle) and defender Charlie Rule (hip).

Recalled to the squad after a six-year absence is veteran Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman, whereas Western United midfielder Chloe Logarzo additionally returns after failing in her bid to be picked for World Cup obligation final 12 months regardless of recovering from a critical knee damage.

“Deciding on this squad has been a problem with lots of shifting elements, from accidents to some gamers and discount of aggressive match minutes for different gamers because of off-seasons,” Gustavsson mentioned.

“There’s been lots of gamers combating for spots right here and lots of gamers performing, so we tried to have a look at a mixture of continuity and connections, those that understand how we play, that know one another, that’s been with us for some time.

“We additionally take a look at kind and enjoying time.”

Gustavsson can be looking at himself as he bids to not solely information the Matildas over the Uzbekistan hurdle but in addition encourage the crew to a medal in Paris after fourth-placed finishes on the World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics.

It’s one of many causes he was because of go to former Socceroos coach and present Tottenham supervisor Postecoglou on Tuesday in London.

“Typically as a coach, it’s virtually like a private growth journey as properly to get some inspiration and insights, and Ange is aware of all the pieces concerning the Australian panorama,” Gustavsson mentioned.

“He’s had an exceptional journey, and what he’s carried out with Spurs when it comes to enjoying model, an identification and confidence from being a membership and a crew missing confidence … is simply tremendously spectacular.

“We’ve got been invited to observe coaching after which have a lunch with him, so I hope to get some expertise from him and study, work together and get impressed, and hopefully additionally watch a few issues in coaching that they try this I can decide up.

“Typically it’s simply going on the market and getting some inspiration, and whether or not it’s about management or coaching content material or listening to Ange’s expertise concerning the journey in Australian soccer – I’m actually wanting ahead to that.”

Gustavsson mentioned he had no qualms about deciding on 35-year-old Heyman within the absence of Chelsea star Kerr.

“With the best way Michelle has performed (for Canberra), she deserves to be chosen – it’s purely on efficiency,” he mentioned.

“For me, it’s not about age in a Matilda, it’s concerning the high quality you might have as a footballer.

“Whether or not you’re 17 or 35, it doesn’t matter. In case you have the standard, you need to be chosen and Heyman has performed herself into this crew.”

Matildas squad: Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham), Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyon), Steph Catley (c) (Arsenal), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Arsenal), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Mary Fowler (Manchester Metropolis), Katrina Gorry (West Ham), Charlotte Grant (Tottenham), Michelle Heyman (Canberra United), Clare Hunt (Paris Saint-Germain), Alanna Kennedy (Manchester Metropolis), Chloe Logarzo (Western United), Aivi Luik (BK Häcken), Teagan Micah (Liverpool), Clare Polkinghorne (Kristianstads DFF), Hayley Raso (Actual Madrid), Amy Sayer (Kristianstads DFF), Kaitlyn Torpey (San Diego Wave), Emily van Egmond (San Diego Wave), Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC), Clare Wheeler (Everton), Jada Whyman (Sydney FC), Tameka Yallop (Brisbane Roar).