Teenager Fowler impresses in 'fantastic' Matildas cameo

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A "fantastic" second-half cameo from substitute Mary Fowler has coach Alen Stajcic believing the 15-year-old sensation can be a special weapon for the Matildas, well beyond the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Australia salvaged a creditable 1-1 draw with world number three England at Craven Cottage on Wednesday (AEST), courtesy of a late equalising goal from Clare Polkinghorne.

The Matildas needed to dig deep to stay in the contest and Fowler's impressive performance off the bench was just what the coach was looking for.

"I thought she was fantastic," Stajcic said.

"The other night when she came on against France I thought she had a good impact but it was minimal, but tonight I think she had a really good impact.

"Her work rate off the ball was fantastic, she did a lot of work in BPO (Ball Possession Opposition) as well but her ability to find space, to pick up the ball and find that half a yard to get a shot away is something I haven't seen before.

"As long as she can keep improving and developing her game, there's no doubt she's going to be a big threat for us in the coming years."

Stajcic handed 16-year-old midfielder Amy Sayer and 18-year-old attacker Princess Ibini starts against England and was also delighted with their efforts, in a side missing several regulars.

"We had two or three young players come in and I thought they all did really well," he said.

"Amy Sayer did well and Prinny (Ibini) in their first starts in senior international football and against a top-level team like England, they really showed they can at least compete at this level.

"So lots of positives to take away, to get a result against England in England with the amount of fatigue we've got in the team is just an unbelievable performance."

But he warned the Matildas still had some way to go as they just didn't want to compete with England and France but wanted to be able to outplay them.

The Matildas turn their attention towards next month's two-match home international series against Chile in Penrith and Newcastle.

Source AAP