Australia captain, Sam Kerr, has warned Group B opponents Nigeria, Canada and Ireland of the threat The Matildas pose when the Women’s World Cup kicks off July 20, The PUNCH reports.

The 29-year-old will be making her fourth appearance at the tournament co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Kerr had an outstanding season for Chelsea last term, scoring 29 goals as the Blues won the league and FA Cup.

She was voted Chelsea Women’s Player of The Season and Players’ Player of The Season, as well as being awarded the Football Writers Association Women’s Footballer of The Year prize for the second consecutive season.

Speaking after being selected for the World Cup, Kerr is hoping to replicate her club form for her country on the world stage.

“Whatever it takes to win, if I take away two players then good for them, we’ve got electric speed everywhere else so good luck to those we face. This is my opportunity to do something big for the team,” she told

“For me, it’s about staying in the moment and enjoying it.”

With 63 goals in 120 international appearances, Kerr is well established as one of the leading strikers on the planet yet from making her Women’s World Cup debut as a 17-year-old she knows all too well the risk in opponents zeroing in on one threat up front.

“If two people are marking me then that means someone else is free, so, it might be someone else’s tournament to shine and that’s all part of being in a team,” she added.

The Matildas get their group stage campaign underway against the Republic of Ireland July 20 in Sydney.

They face Nigeria in the second group game July 27 in Brisbane, before completing the phase July 31 against Canada in Melbourne.



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