New faces join Matildas

Matildas coach Adrian Santrac has named three players to debut for Australia in next month?s series against France.

Matildas coach Adrian Santrac has dropped half a dozen Olympic squad members and named three new players to debut for Australia in next month?s series against France.

Three former internationals will also make a return to international competition after more than a year out of the green and gold.

Australia?s interim women's soccer named only 11 Olympians in the 18-woman squad, although only one of the Sydney 2000 players, goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler, has retired.

16-year-old striker Justine McLaughlin and midfielder Taryn Rockall, 23, both from New South Wales, join Queensland striker April Mann, 22, as the rookies in the squad.

Mann was not part of the original interim squad but was brought in last week to replace Michelle Carney who ruled herself unavailable.

Making their comeback are 1999 internationals Traci Bartlett and Kim Revell, along with goalkeeper Claire Nichols who last played for Australia in 1995.

"This final squad earned their places on merit," said Santrac. "They are certainly a very mobile team, a ball-playing team, and I think a team which produceds exciting football."

"France are a very accomplished side who have achieved excellent results this year," he added.

"They will prove very tough opponents but I'm confident we will achieve very positive results in this tournament."

The Australia Cup will be held in Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast from January 11-17, with the Matildas in camp from 3 January at Coffs.

AUSTRALIA squad: Dianne Alagich (SA), Traci Bartlett (Qld), Sharon Black (SA), Sarah Cooper (ACT), Bryony Duus (Qld), Alicia Ferguson (Qld), Alison Forman (NSW) April Mann (Qld), Justine McLaughlin (NSW), Kate McShea (Qld), Julie Murray (NSW), Claire Nichols (Qld), Kim Revell (Qld), Taryn Rockall (NSW), Cheryl Salisbury (NSW), Anissa Tann-Darby (NSW), Leanne Trimboli (SA), Sacha Wainwright (ACT).
Source: Sportal