If Matildas mainstay Lydia Williams strains up for her 100th cap towards Spain, it is possible to be with out numerous of the gamers who’ve shared most of her journey.
Williams is owing to achieve her century at the Estadio Nuevo Colombino in Huelva on Sunday early morning (5.30am AEST).
With Sam Kerr, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord, Kyah Simon and Mary Fowler among individuals rested, and Ellie Carpenter hurt, Williams will be a single of the maximum-profile gamers to deal with La Roja.
A good deal of younger gamers, fringe Matildas and possible debutants will as an alternative choose to the discipline versus the environment No.7, who are making ready for the Women’s Euros.
“It is a superior preparing for us. Let us be straightforward and real: it really is a group that is going into a significant tournament compared to a team which is coming off a split,” Williams reported.
“Ideal now, it truly is heading to be a superior indicator of seeing how these groups are lining up for a main match.
“We see the gaps and what we need to make certain that we are enhancing and in advance of the recreation when it will come to 2023.
“It really is heading to be much more, I guess, of a studying, educational resource somewhat than ‘let’s go out there and earn the game’ kind of point.”
In spite of the in any other case weakened squad, coach Tony Gustavsson has picked all three of Australia’s leading goalkeepers in Williams, Teagan Micah and Mackenzie Arnold.
“We drive each other alongside, we’re joyful for the a single that performs,” Williams mentioned.
“It is really a really superior squad that we have with the goalkeeping ranks.
“Australian football has generally created actually very good goalkeepers so to have that sort of camaraderie there is often a good issue.”
Williams treasured most how women’s football and the Matildas had created since she built her debut as a teenager in 2005, and shown the 2015 Women’s Earth Cup round-of-16 acquire around Brazil as the highlight.
“To be trustworthy, I would not have dreamt that I would have arrive this far,” Williams mentioned.
“So seriously, it truly is just an honour and a privilege.
“I assume I’ve been all over for everyone’s initial cap. That’s form of far more specific to me seeing how everyone’s developed.
“One hundred caps is actually great. I would have never considered you if you experienced advised me that when I was to start with playing.
“This is my favorite crew to perform for. I am just truly fired up to be again here.”
Williams is nonetheless to re-indication at Arsenal but verified contract negotiations have been ongoing.