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Kerr admits captaining Matildas at World Cup would be 'biggest honour'
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Sam Kerr is hoping to help guide Australia to World Cup glory
Sam Kerr is hoping to help guide Australia to World Cup glory

Australia captain Sam Kerr says it would be the "biggest honour in the world" for her to play in front of a home crowd at the Women's World Cup this summer.

The Matildas are co-hosts for the 2023 showpiece alongside New Zealand and reached the quarter-finals on three straight occasions between 2007 and 2015.

Chelsea striker Kerr, 29, believes a strong showing could see her and her team-mates etch their names into their nation's sporting history alongside the likes of 2000 Sydney Olympics hero Cathy Freeman.

She said: "Not many players get to play a home World Cup, so it's going to be the biggest honour in the world to one, represent the country but two, at a home World Cup in front of your home fans, family and friends.

"It is going to be hopefully a moment that is remembered in everyone's eyes for the rest of history.

"Australians love getting behind Aussies. I am sure we'll have big crowds. We have seen with the ticket sales, there are so many girls in this team that are loved by the Aussies.

"I have no doubt that the Aussies will get behind us just like the English did, just like the French did at the World Cup before. 

"The legacy we want to leave is that we want to inspire the nation, move the nation to believe in women’s football, believe in the Matildas."

Australia take on Scotland and England during the current international break before a final friendly against France in July — a week before the World Cup gets under way.


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