‘He’s what we need’: Sam Kerr delighted with new Matildas coach

The first fixture, to be played early on Sunday morning (AEST) in Wiesbaden, will trigger a reciprocal clash with Germany in Australia to be scheduled at a later date.

“They really put it on us, didn’t they,” Kerr joked, when asked about the calibre of the team’s next two opponents.

“I think that’s great. All those teams have been playing multiple games like most of us in Europe. They’ve got some of the best players in the world.

“That’s what we want. We want to see where we’re at; it’s a good benchmark for us. There’s a lot of new faces and it is going to be a challenge, but Aussies love that underdog mentality, so I’m sure we’ll roll with it.”

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Kerr, 27, netted a hat-trick in her last FA Women’s Super League match for Chelsea and has scored a combined 10 goals in her past six outings across all competitions.

She now sits top of the WSL’s goal-scoring charts and is being touted as the world’s best striker, having battled through a lean period early in her time in England amid criticism about her finishing.

“Unique, I think,” said Kerr when asked to describe her past 12 months with Chelsea, where she has been subject to multiple harsh lockdowns in London.

“It’s been that way for everyone. It’s been just dealing with things week to week, day by day even. Things can change so quickly.

“For me, on the pitch, it’s been really enjoyable. I’ve been enjoying my time at Chelsea, we’ve been playing really well, winning a lot of games. It’s been a growing year for me, but also really, really enjoyable.”

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