Gill loss can be covered by Matildas

by AAP on May 09, 2011

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Matildas youngster Samantha Kerr is confident the team has the depth to overcome the loss of star Kate Gill in next month's women's World Cup.

Gill was last week ruled out of the tournament, to be held in Germany from June 26, after undergoing surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament.

But Kerr, who scored a goal in Australia's Asian Cup final win last year, is convinced the Matildas have enough attacking options to make up for Gill's absence.

"I think we've got a lot of depth to our strikers with (Lisa) Di Vanna and (Sarah) Walshy so, she will be missed but hopefully we can replace her or change something in the line-up that people won't expect," Kerr told AAP.

"Hopefully we can do just as well as we would've without her."

Kerr and the rest of her Matilda team-mates have entered into a training camp at Gosford on NSW's central coast in preparation for two friendly matches against New Zealand this week.

After those matches coach Tom Sermanni will cut the 26-player squad to a group of 21 for the World Cup.

And Kerr said that made the upcoming matches against the Kiwis extra important.

"I think for me playing well in these two games is very important because the final cut is not too far away," she said.

"Hopefully I can play well and Tommy picks me in the next cut.

"For the team, I guess it's just good to use the two games to play, get a win hopefully and start really gelling as a team."

The 17-year-old, sister of West Coast AFL star Daniel, will hope selection results in another happy international tournament memory after the 2010 Asian Cup success.

"If Germany's half as good as the Asian Cup then it's going to be amazing," she said.

"It's an awesome experience to get away with the girls and do what we do.

"Hopefully we can have as much success as we did with the Asian Cup."

The Matildas take on New Zealand behind closed doors on Thursday while another friendly will be played on Sunday at 1500 AEST.