Fowler knocks back Matildas call-up


Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has expressed his dismay after teenage talent Mary Fowler turned down national selection to remain in England to train and trial.

The Matildas wonderkid has knocked back a spot in the national team to instead train with Cristiano Ronaldo's sprint coach in England.

15-year-old Fowler has looked right at home in the green and gold since debuting for Australia's women's national team in internationals earlier this year, earning comparisons to current star forward Sam Kerr thanks to her ability to sniff out a goal.

But, born to an Irish father and Papua New Guinean mother, whether she remains tied to Australia before next year's World Cup remains unknown.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic revealed on Thursday that the exciting striker had turned down a spot in his squad to play 39th-ranked Chile in Penrith and Newcastle on November 10 and 13 (both matches LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS / SBS VICELAND).

"A little bit disappointing, I have to say," Stajcic said.

"She's in England training with a specialist sprint coach that was working with Cristiano Ronaldo, doing that now and trialling with some clubs over there."

Fowler's brother Quivi, 19, and sister Ciara, 17, have previously represented their country of their birth Ireland at youth level, but the talented family was raised in Cairns and are on Football Federation Australia's radar.

Quivi is now with second-tier Dutch club FC Dordrecht, having spent time in the youth system of Eredivisie outfit Vitesse.

"They've lived an alternative lifestyle if you'd like to call it that, over the last couple of years and the father has a whole family he's trying to look after and protect and foster their growth on and off the field," Stajcic said.

"We don't know if that path's the right one or the wrong one, but she's certainly come a long way on and off the field as a person and we have to give them that space to do what they have to do.

"She is 15 years old; for me it's a little bit disappointing but she's under her father's wing at the moment and I wish her and her family all the best."

Meanwhile, superstar Sam Kerr returns to Stajcic's side, as well as fellow regulars Alanna Kennedy, Emily van Egmond, Lydia Williams and Katrina Gorry in the 20-player squad announced on Thursday.

The world No.6 Matildas managed a 1-1 draw against England - ranked three places higher - but fell 2-0 to fourth-placed France without that quintet in Europe last month.

Matildas' squad

Laura Alleway, Mackenzie Arnold, Tameka Butt, Ellie Carpenter, Larissa Crummer, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Alex Chidiac, Emily Gielnik, Katrina Gorry, Michelle Heyman, Princess Ibini-Isei, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alanna Kennedy, Sam Kerr, Chloe Logarzo, Clare Polkinghorne, Amy Sayer, Emily Van Egmond, Lydia Williams.

Source AAP