The star striker’s call up to captain her country has resulted in nothing but wins for her and the Matildas so far. It’s only early days, but Sam Kerr might just have it in her to take the Matildas all the way this time.

The 25-year-old was named captain by the newly instated Matildas coach Ante Milicic. Kerr, and vice-captain Stephanie Catley, have led the Matildas through the Cup of Nations Tournament and will continue to lead the national side into the Women’s World Cup in France later this year.

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Kerr’s first game as captain was in the Cup of Nations match against New Zealand, where she guided the Matildas to a 2-0 victory. But it was the second group stage game against South Korea where the newly appointed skipper really stepped it up. Kerr was named player of the match after the national team put on a convincing 4-1 win against the Koreans – and Kerr was in amongst the action for the whole 90 minutes.

The striker earned a penalty only six minutes into the match, and confidently stepped up to the spot to score the first goal for her country. She netted another just before half time, swooping on a wayward back-pass meant for the Korean goalkeeper, before drilling the ball into the back of the net.

The superstar struck the first goal for the Matildas in their final group stage match against Argentina. Kerr rose up and headed the ball home after less than four minutes, setting the standard for her team early. It was the first of three goals for the night, with the Matildas beating their South American counterparts 3-0, winning them the inaugural Cup of Nations Tournament.

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The striker admits that she’s not about to start making speeches just because she’s at the helm of the ship. And to be honest, she doesn’t really need to.

Kerr is the type of player who leads by her actions; never afraid to put in 100%. She’s in better form than ever before, and gradually being recognised on the world stage as one of the best female footballers of this generation.

Never before has a Matilda’s captain been such a widely recognised name. The women’s game is growing exponentially in Australia, with more supporters than ever before; and it’s just the right environment for the Matildas, led by superstar Sam Kerr, to flourish.

She’s a great threat upfront, a goal scoring machine. We’ve seen her win games for her side in the W-League, in the NWSL, and for Australia. Now it’s time we watch the striker take on the world with the captain’s armband.

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Although it’s early days for Kerr and the Matildas, they’ve bagged three wins from three so far. Maybe a Sam Kerr captaincy is what Australia needs to take it all the way in the Women’s World Cup.

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