Kellond-Knight: 'We 100% believe in what we're trying to achieve'
Experienced midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight says the Matildas have "100% belief" in their World Cup mission as the team prepare to take on Brazil in Montpellier on Friday morning (AEST).
The 28-year-old, who earned selection into the FIFA World Cup all star team at the 2011 and 2015 tournaments, featured off the bench for Australia in their last-gasp Group C opening match defeat against Italy on Sunday.
And like the rest of the team, she has vowed that the result will not define the Matildas' France 2019 experience.
“The immediate reaction [to the Italy loss] was obviously a little bit frustrated, a little bit disappointed,” she said.
“In saying that, it was a pretty quick turnaround. We dealt with that emotionally and then we banded together as a group.
We 100% believe in what we’re trying to achieve.
"It’s really important we focus on what we’re doing here as a team and listen to what our coaching staff want from us.”
Having suffered hamstring and calf problems in recent weeks, Kellond-Knight says she is raring to go as the Brazil match looms into focus.
“I feel great. It’s been a long road to recovery. Two back-to-back injuries, but now the body feels great. I trust the medical staff, the way they’ve progressed me back into team training and held me back in the last match. I’m putting my hand up for selection [against Brazil].”
“The first game does not dictate where the tournament is going to go. You look at Spain [at the 2010 men’s FIFA World Cup] – how they lost their first game and came through to win the whole World Cup.
“So, for me, nothing has changed. It’s business as usual and we’re ready for Thursday [kick-off 2.00am, Friday 14 June, AEST].”
World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)
Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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