Henry named in Commonwealth Bank Matildas squad for Brazil home series

Wanderer Bryleey Henry has been named in Commonwealth Bank Matildas Head Coach Tony Gustavsson’s 23-player squad to take on world number seven Brazil next week in Sydney. 

Australia will play host to Brazil on Saturday, 23 October and on Tuesday, 26 October at CommBank Stadium as they return to action on Australian soil.  The matches mark the first time an Australian senior national team has played at home in almost 600 days, with their last match against Vietnam in the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Football Tournament Qualifiers.

With the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India less than 100 days from kick off, the two-match series is invaluable preparation as Gustavsson and the team continue to build towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.

“Preparation is number one,” Gustavsson said. “I said that going into the September camp when we played against Ireland, we changed from ‘performance mode’ from the Olympics to ‘preparation mode’ [ahead of India 2022 and Australia/New Zealand 2023].”

“That doesn’t mean that we are going to step on the field not trying to win – we are always going to try and win when we play every game – but we are not going to try and win at the expense of our preparations

“We can’t shy away from tough challenges and tough games. We need to look at this as a long run towards the World Cup in ‘23.”

The October window will feature the return of fan favourites including full back Ellie Carpenter, midfielder Emily van Egmond, and forwards Kyah Simon and Caitlin Foord, to the Commonwealth Bank Matildas’ squad.

Midfielder Chloe Logarzo has been sidelined due to a long-term knee injury, while injury has also ruled Elise Kellond-Knight (knee), Hayley Raso (shoulder) and Emily Gielnik (toe) out of selection contention.

Several new national team players have retained their place in the squad including September’s debutantes Angie Beard, Charli Grant, and Clare Wheeler.  Meanwhile Western Sydney product and Commonwealth Bank Young Matildas forward Bryleeh Henry has received her first call up to the senior national team. 

“We need to be patient,” Gustavsson added. “We can’t expect a debutant coming into the camp to be ready the first time they come in, but we need to expose them to the Matildas’ environment to get them ready for ‘23 and to scout them in our environment, to see who bounds and thrives under that high international tempo that we have in the Matildas.”

“We are going to keep looking for new players, and either invite them to the training environment to see them there, or for some players that make a good impression in the training environment, also make sure that they get some game time.”

“It is all about now who can reach their full potential come ‘23. It’s not just about who is the best, it is about who can become the best, so we are looking at ‘23 in all the decisions that we are making right now,” he said.

Gustavsson and the Commonwealth Bank Matildas players and staff are currently in transit ahead of arrival in Australia early next week. 

Network 10 will broadcast the two-match series live and free, with coverage simulcast on 10 Play.   

Commonwealth Bank Matildas 23-player Squad | October 2021

NamePositionClubCaps (goals)Junior Club / Member Fed
Mackenzie ArnoldGoalkeeperWest Ham United27 (0)Burleigh / Football QLD 
Angela BeardBackFortuna Hjørring1 (0)Bethania Rams / Football QLD
Ellie CarpenterBackLyon50 (1)Cowra and District / Football NSW
Steph CatleyBackArsenal WFC92 (3)East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria
Emma CheckerBackMelbourne City 8 (0)Cumberland United Women’s / Football SA
Kyra Cooney-CrossMidfielderMelbourne Victory10 (0)Ballarat City / Football Victoria
Caitlin FoordForwardArsenal WFC92 (21)Warilla Wanderers / Football NSW
Mary FowlerForwardMontpellier16 (4)Leichhardt / Football QLD
Charlotte GrantBackFC Rosengård1 (0)Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football SA
Bryleeh HenryForwardWestern Sydney Wanderers0 (0)Penrith FC / Football NSW
Alanna KennedyBackManchester City99 (8)Campbelltown Cobras / Football NSW
Sam KerrForwardChelsea100 (48)Western Knights / Football West
Teagan MicahGoalkeeperFC Rosengård7 (0)Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football QLD
Courtney NevinBackMelbourne Victory4 (0)Oakville Ravens / Football NSW
Clare PolkinghorneBackVittsjö GIK136 (11)Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba / Football QLD
Jamilla RankinBackBrisbane Roar0 (0)Eureka FC / Northern NSW
Karly RoestbakkenBackLSK Kvinner7 (0)Monaro Panthers / Capital Football
Remy SiemsenForwardSydney FC0 (0)Manly United / Football NSW
Kyah SimonForwardTottenham Hotspur101 (26)Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football NSW
Emily van EgmondMidfielderOrlando Pride108 (23)Dudley-Redhead / Northern NSW Football
Clare WheelerMidfielderFortuna Hjørring1 (0)Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football
Lydia WilliamsGoalkeeperArsenal WFC92 (0)Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football 
Tameka YallopMidfielderWest Ham United97 (11)Mudgeeraba / Football Queensland