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The Daily Telegraph
June 23, 2019 4:00AM
Last updated June 23, 2019 5:11AM AEST
Changes are coming to the Matildas for their do-or-die clash with Norway but coach Ante Milicic is in two minds as to how to line Australia up.
But one thing is very clear to the coach at least as the Matildas bid to become the first Australian side of any stripe to win three games at a World Cup from 5am EST on Sunday.
“We’re all up for the challenge,” Milicic said.
“We’ll go and focus on the game tomorrow night to do a job, put on the best performance … work hard and believe in ourselves.
“The girls are in a really good place.”
A final call on the XI to take on Norway will come just hours before the match.
For the first time in France, Milicic enjoyed the company of all 23 players for a training session in Nice, giving him plenty to think about.
One question to ponder is whether Clare Polkinghorne can resume in central defence after missing two games with a hamstring issue.
That would shift Steph Catley to left-back and free up Elise Kellond-Knight to play in her preferred midfield role.
The second big question comes up front, where Sam Kerr is likely to resume working with Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso from kickoff after the pair were only substitutes against Jamaica.