13/04/2024
Vine in action in the A-League Womens. PHOTO: Izhar Khan

Vine in action in the A-League Womens. PHOTO: Izhar Khan

Cortnee Vine has withdrawn from the Matildas squad to take on Uzbekistan in the final round of Olympic qualification, due to personal reasons.

The vacant spot will allow a maiden Matildas call up for Western Sydney Wanderers striker, Sophie Harding.

Harding has nine goals and two assists to her name so far in this A-League Women’s season, currently sitting equal second in the golden boot race.

Her inclusion will likely see her competing with Michelle Heyman for minutes at the point of the Tillies’ attack, as Tony Gustavsson continues to try and find a replacement for Sam Kerr after she tore her ACL in January.

You can listen to a full analysis of the Matildas squad on the A-Leagues of Our Own podcast.

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Another addition to the squad will be 17-year-old Daniela Galic, who will join the team as a train-on player for five days, before linking up with the Young Matildas camp as they finalise their preparations for the U20 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, to be held in Uzbekistan.

Galic has had a breakout year with Melbourne City in the A-League Women’s, earning a nomination for young footballer of the year in November.

The Matildas’ first leg against Uzbekistan is on Saturday 24 February, before the return leg at Docklands Stadium on Wednesday 28.

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