Socceroos legend Robbie Slater says Canada victory shows Matildas can win the World Cup even if Sam Kerr doesn’t play a single game
- Ex-Socceroo Robbie Slater impressed by Matildas team performance
- Believes they are capable of winning the Women’s World Cup
- Australia thumped Canada 4-0, with Sam Kerr not needed off bench
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater has declared the Matildas can win the World Cup – even without superstar striker Sam Kerr.
Slater, 58, labelled Australia’s 4-0 win over Canada on Monday a ‘statement performance’ and believes other nations will be looking on with fear – especially given Kerr, who is battling a calf injury, wasn’t used off the bench in Melbourne.
The impressive victory also ensured the Matildas finished top of Group B ahead of Nigeria.
‘It was a performance that will scare the other teams … because it was truly complete,’ Slater told News Corp.
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater has declared the Matildas don’t need Sam Kerr to win the World Cup after being left very impressed by their victory over Canada
Kerr, 29, was named on the bench against Canada, but wasn’t required after the Matildas won 4-0 to top Group B at the Women’s World Cup
‘This is a very open World Cup, but that victory was as good as any we have seen so far.
‘I think the Matildas, the way they dealt with the pressure, they are a team that can go on and win the tournament.’
Slater went onto hail the tactics of coach Tony Gustavsson, who in many people’s eyes was facing the sack if Australia were bundled out in the group stage.
But Slater, who won a Premier League title with Blackburn in his decorated playing career, praised the Swede for backing his experience and not crumbling under intense pressure.
‘He knows – and now the world knows too – Australia’s got a team that can win the World Cup without the star striker,’ he wrote.
He also felt Hayley Raso was a deserving player of the match following her two goals, with young gun Mary Fowler, striker Catilin Foord and veteran centre back Allana Kennedy also catching Slater’s eye.
Slater went onto hail the tactics of coach Tony Gustavsson, who was facing the sack if he didn’t guide the Matildas beyond the group stage
Australia are likely to play either Denmark or China in the round of 16 at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on August 7.
If Kerr is ushered into the starting XI or prepares for an impact role off the bench, the likes of England, France, Japan and the US will be watching closely given her prowess in front of goal.
The 29-year-old has scored 63 times in 120 appearances for the national team since making her debut in 2009 aged just 15.
Kerr has also won three golden boots in the US when on the books of Sky Blue FC (2015-2017) and the Chicago Red Stars (2018-2019).
She then sealed a 2020 move to Chelsea in the Women’s Super League, she has been top scorer in the division twice and snared 10 domestic trophies.