5 players to watch at the Women's World Cup

Ruben Hill
June 8, 2019

The disparity means even if the Matildas win the tournament, they'll be paid half of what the Australian national men's team earned previous year for their group stage exit.

"Now's the time. Female sports are on the rise", she told AAP.

For the 2007 World Cup finalist and two-time Olympic silver medallist (2004, 2008), the 2019 tournament in France may well be Marta's last chance to pad her legacy with a world title.

CHRISTINE SINCLAIR, Canada: Sinclair is the most prolific scorer ever in Canadian soccer, and with 181 career goals she's edging closer to former USA star Abby Wambach, who holds the global record - among men or women - with 184.

Of the 23 players selected, 12 were on the roster at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and seven were on the 2011 squad in Germany.

The six-time World player of the Year, who stopped practising on May 24, spent the last few days in physical therapy.

The Matildas lifted the trophy as champions at the 2017 Tournament of Nations. The 33-year-old has the most World Cup goals with 15, one better than both Wambach and Germany's Birgit Prinz. She boasts more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter and played herself in the 2018 film "Alex & Me".

She had a setback last week when she injured her left thigh in practice but she has since returned to training.

Known for her mazy dribbles and accurate shooting, she will likely be used as an impact substitute to bamboozle exhausted legs for a team stacked with experienced attacking talent. Anything is possible, from a third World Cup title to another early exit.

Goalkeeper Christiane Endler first appeared with the national team when she was 15 and is now the team's captain. As captain of the team, known as the Matildas, Kerr has been called "fearless' by coach Ante Milicic".

The U.S. will have its first game June 11 against Thailand in Reims, will then face Chile on June 16 in Paris and then close out pool play against Sweden on June 20 in Le Havre. Dzsenifer Marozsan is another key player for the Germans, as she was the star that helped lead Germany to the Olympic gold medal in 2016.

DZSENIFER MAROZSAN, Germany: Marozsan is the inspirational story of the World Cup, having returned to the game after a pulmonary embolism kept her sidelined for several months a year ago.

Her experience will provide a steadying influence for the young squad Asako Takakura is taking to France, with 19 year-old forwards Riko Ueki and Jun Endo making their first appearances at a major tournament. She was named BBC's women's player of the year in 2018. In the three seasons since its inception, Soccerbot is up an incredible 2,000 percent on Premier League picks. "The achievement of becoming world champion in the world's greatest game should be treated with equal respect for both genders".

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