Sam Kerr warned the Matildas ‘the job is not done’ as she mirrored on her 4 World Cup appearances forward of a historic semi-final in opposition to England on Wednesday.
Australia reached the final 4 of the Women’s World Cup for the very first time on Saturday, profitable 7-6 on penalties in opposition to France in Brisbane.
The European champions Lionesses now stand between the Matildas and a first-ever World Cup ultimate, with Australia trying to turn out to be the second staff after the US to win the event on dwelling soil.
The Matildas skipper mirrored on her journey in the course of the event and shared a photograph of herself alongside Emily van Egmond and Caitlin Foord at every of their earlier three World Cups collectively.
‘Fourth World Cup together, first semi-final together. The job is not done yet,” the caption read.
Sam Kerr (left), Emily Van Egmond (centre) and Caitlin Foord (right) play their fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup for Australia
The Matildas skipper shared a photograph of himself, Van Egmond and Foord at every of their earlier three World Cup appearances
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Kerr and the Matildas discover themselves in uncharted waters after reaching a primary World Cup semi-final, having beforehand by no means progressed past the quarter-finals.
Remarkably, whereas Australia has a bona fide powerhouse girls soccerthey needed to wait till 2007 for his or her first World Cup victory and to succeed in the knockout stage for the primary time.
Four years later, Kerr, Van Egmond and Foord made their World Cup debuts because the Matildas reached the quarter-finals for the second time in a row.
As a part of the event’s third-youngest staff with a median age of twenty-two, the three youngsters had been thrown into the deep finish by then-Matildas boss Tom Sermanni within the group stage.
Van Egmond was on the scoresheet together with Leena Khamis and Lisa De Vanna as Australia secured a 3-2 win in opposition to Equatorial Guinea after dropping 1-0 to Brazil of their event opener.
Kyah Simon’s brace secured a 2–1 win over Norway and qualification for the quarter-finals, the place the Matildas misplaced 3–1 to eventual third place Sweden, with Ellyse Perry scoring their solely purpose.
Four years later, Australia opened their marketing campaign with a 3-1 defeat to the USA as Megan Rapinoe scored twice for the eventual world champions both aspect of De Vanna’s equaliser.
Simon picked up a double in a 2-0 win over Nigeria, earlier than De Vanna was heading in the right direction once more because the Matildas drew 1-1 in opposition to Sweden to qualify for the knockout levels.
Simon continued her effective event with a late purpose to get rid of Brazil within the Round of 16, however the Matidas’ hopes had been dashed within the quarter-final in opposition to Japan by Mana Iwabuchi’s winner within the 87th minute.
Kerr lastly introduced her arrival on the largest podium of all 4 years in the past, scoring her first World Cup purpose as Australia took the lead in opposition to Italy of their opening sport, however conceded a winner within the ninety fifth minute.
A primary group stage exit since 2003 beckoned because the Matildas went two objectives down in opposition to Brazil earlier than objectives from Caitlin Foord and Chloe Logarzo and an personal purpose from Monica secured a exceptional 3-2 victory.
Kerr took all 4 as Australia defeated Jamaica 4–1 to succeed in the Round of 16 in opposition to Norway, earlier than she and Emily Gielnik missed their penalties within the shootout because the Matildas had been eradicated.
And the Aussie skipper could possibly be prepared to begin in opposition to England, having missed the group stage with a calf damage and restricted to substitute appearances in opposition to Denmark and France.
Kerr (left) warned the Matildas that the job was not carried out, with World Cup glory on dwelling soil firmly in Australia’s sight
Kerr stated she felt “ready to go” after shaking off the calf damage she sustained in coaching for the event.
“So I could have started against France, but who knows what could have happened? The girls crushed it and absolutely dominated.
“I was ready to go, but we had a plan this whole tournament and we had to stick to it.
I feel ready to go. I think with everything that’s going on, the best thing for (the game against France) was the plan we did and the plan we followed.”