In what’s probably a reasonably overdue decision, one of the world’s absolute best Sam Kerr has been named the new captain of our very own Matildas. You absolute beauty.
This means Kerr will lead the Australian national football side into the inaugural Cup of Nations tournament which begins in Sydney tomorrow, as well as the imminent FIFA World Cup which kicks off in France on June 7th.
Kerr will form a new-look Matildas leadership unit alongside experienced defender Steph Catley, who will serve as the side’s vice captain.
The move heralds the first major move for the Matildas under the watch of newly installed head coach Ante Milicic, who came into the job after previous coach Alan Stajcic was unceremoniously sacked by Football Federation Australia officials in highly controversial circumstances.
Kerr has 72 international caps to her name despite being just 25 years old, and was voted the world’s fifth best player in 2018.
In a statement confirming her appointment, Kerr brimmed with excitement at the plum new role, particularly with a World Cup looming.
It is a tremendous honour to have been recognised by Ante [Milicic] and the staff as captain of the Matildas.
Ante gave a great speech about what it means to play for Australia to the team yesterday and at the end of it surprised us with the announcement.
Together with Steph and the team we are committed to excelling at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and there will be no bigger honour than to wear the armband in France.
The Matildas are scheduled to step onto the field tomorrow night at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval against New Zealand. That will be followed by matches against South Korea and Argentina in Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.