The forward showed she can play anywhere, and dominate, in Australia’s eight-goal romp against the Philippines

When the Matildas thrashed Canada to secure their spot in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup, it was off the back of a Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord masterclass. Their on-field chemistry stemmed from a decade of playing together for club and country, but on Sunday, as Australia dismantled the Philippines in front of a record Perth crowd, it was clear there are other, just as potent, dynamics.

Since returning to Manchester City after the World Cup, Mary Fowler has been used as a wide forward, instead of in the central role she had performed for Australia. The Matildas coach, Tony Gustavsson, decided to test that against Iran on Thursday and it paid off – Catley and Fowler set up Sam Kerr for their second goal. But with Fowler out wide again against the Philippines, the test was of Foord in the centre with Kerr.

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