Simon earns Matildas recall as De Vanna misses out

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Melbourne City striker Kyah Simon has been included in the 20-member Matildas squad for the 2020 Olympics qualification matches in China next month but veteran striker Lisa De Vanna has once again missed out.

A succession of ankle and hamstring injuries meant Simon was left out of the Australia's squad for last year's Women's World Cup in France, as well as November's friendlies against Chile.

But she returns to add more firepower to a strong squad headlined by superstar captain Sam Kerr, who along with Bayern Munich's Emily Gielnik will miss the Matildas' January 20-27 training camp in Sydney prior to the Tokyo Games qualifiers against Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China in early February.

Veteran striker De Vanna was the highest profile omission from Ante Milicic's squad despite the 35-year-old playing regularly in Italy with Serie A Feminin giants Fiorentina.

De Vanna was also left out of Australia's clashes against Chile in Adelaide and Sydney last year with Milicic admitting the record goal scorer was not called up as he is determined to blood the next generation of players.

"Lisa’s in the extended list that I will continue to monitor," Milicic said.

"I know fully what she offers the team on and off the park. For this window I decided to leave her out and bring in other players and have a look at it…to see as many players as possible."

“You have to understand I also have one eye on the qualifiers and the future as well.

“In the back of my mind what really has me thinking is if we are to qualify for the Olympics, it’s 18 player [squads], that’s 5 less than the World Cup [23-player squads] so I really thought about that and that’s also influenced my decision in this squad.”

Matildas squad

Mackenzie Arnold (gk), Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord, Emily Gielnik, Katrina Gorry, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alanna Kennedy, Sam Kerr (capt), Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Jenna McCormick, Teagan Micah (gk), Clare Polkinghorne, Hayley Raso, Karly Roestbakken, Kyah Simon, Emily van Egmond, Sarah Willacy (gk), Lydia Williams (gk), Tameka Yallop.

Source AAP