Clare Wheeler keen to test the USA in her hometown at McDonald Jones Stadium with Matildas | Newcastle Herald


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Newcastle’s Clare Wheeler plans to “feed” on the energy of a crowded McDonald Jones stadium on Tuesday night as the Matilas seek to turn the tide on the might of the United States’ global superpowers. The 23-year-old midfielder has won four caps for the Matildas since making his senior international debut in September and said there is no better way to build confidence than to compete against the best in the world. Wheeler is one of two Novocastrians in the Australian squad, including longtime Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond. READ MORE: Clare Wheeler ready to face the United States in her hometown, Australia have a point to prove after losing 3-0 to back-to-back world champions in Sydney on Saturday night. A nationwide record of 36,109 fans turned up at Stadium Australia for the first game of a two-game series. Ticket sales for Tuesday night’s fixture have already surpassed Newcastle’s record for a Matildas game, which is 16,829, and the city is pushing to display the full board with a sold-out crowd of 26,000. ” Newcastle are definitely behind the women and are very vocal and very strong and that’s what you want from a crowd, “Wheeler said at Newcastle on Monday. “We feed off of this game. Having 36,000 people there on the weekend was amazing. It gives you energy and really inspires us to keep going and I think it will be amazing to have that here too.” The match will be the players’ last chance to impress Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson before he names his team for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which will be played in India in January. For Wheeler, in particular, this is another opportunity to gain experience and make his claims for inclusion. “Every game, every selection and every minute that you get gives you a little more confidence,” she said. “I feel like there is no better way to be confident than to talk to the best in the world. [America] are one of the engines of women’s football, so what better way to learn where the level is and where you need to go than by talking to the best in the world. ”Australia has only beaten the United States. only time in women’s football and has never beaten Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist at home. Van Egmond, who has made 109 appearances for her country since making her senior debut at the age of 16, was convinced the Matildas could retaliate after the disappointing result on Saturday night. the game he [Gustavsson] was impressed and there are parts where we obviously need to improve, ”van Egmond said on Monday. : to win and achieve a good performance here. IN THE NEWS: Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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