Starting spots up for grabs: Sermanni
Australian coach Tom Sermanni says there are still two or three spots up for grabs for his starting XI heading into the upcoming women's World Cup in Germany.
The Matildas squad flew out of Australia on Tuesday and will play two practice matches before the tournament and Sermanni says he has only locked in around seven starters so far.
While Australia has a much less experienced squad than the one that reached the 2007 World Cup quarter-finals, Sermanni hopes to emulate that achievement and also get the Matildas playing an attractive style of football.
"I think in 2007 it wasn't so much about the result, I think it was about the way the team played and the character, we want to emulate that," Sermanni said shortly before the team's departure.
Striker Lisa De Vanna, who starred in the last World Cup in China coming primarily off the bench, is more likely to start in Germany, according to Sermanni.
Sermanni said De Vanna had settled back into the squad again after she was sent home from a camp in Gosford last month for disciplinary reasons.
"We've got a management structure where we deal with Lisa and she's back in and I think she is ready to play," Sermanni said.
He said the Matildas don't lack goal scorers and intend to play positive football including against international powerhouse Brazil in their opening group match.
The coach was happy not to face unknown African quantity Equatorial Guinea until their second group game, with strong European side Norway the Matildas' final first-stage opponent.