MATILDAS coach Alen Stajcic has backed Lisa De Vanna to make it to next year’s World Cup after the veteran put in a five-star display in Monday’s 5-0 thumping of Thailand.
GREAT WARM-UP: Matildas smash Thais in Perth
De Vanna scored two goals and set up another in the Asian Cup warm-up match in Perth.
The 33-year-old has already played in three World Cups, and is keen to make it to the showpiece event in France next year.
Stajcic said De Vanna still possessed the fear factor to play at the World Cup.
“Yeah for sure. If she’s in good form and she keeps playing like she did tonight (she should definitely continue),” Stajcic said.
“She’s got X-factor, she’s explosive, she’s quick, she’s dangerous. People are scared of her.
“She’s certainly had patches in different games where she hasn’t played up to her own levels. But that’s up to her as a player – to ensure that her training’s at a good level all the time while keeping her body in good nick.”
Da Vanna scored the goal of the match in the 52nd minute when she combined with Sam Kerr for a one-two pass before firing home.
Kerr failed to score in her hometown match, but she received plenty of support from the crowd.
“I gave my family 76 tickets, and they used them all,” Kerr said.
“Plus I had a little bit more support, because some of my friends bought tickets. It was pretty awesome.”
Australia will now turn their attention to next month’s Asian Cup in Jordan. The Matildas must finish in the top five at the eight-nation event to qualify for the World Cup.
That should be a mere formality given the amount of quality in the side. But winning the Asian Cup could prove tricky, especially with arch rivals Japan lurking.
South Korea, North Korea, and China also loom as big threats. The Matildas won the Asian Cup in 2010, but lost in the final to Japan in 2014.