Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy says Matildas 'have character' to win crucial World Cup clash

Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy (centre) and her Australian team mates acknowledge their Matildas spectators. Picture: Francisco Seco/AP Photo
Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy (centre) and her Australian team mates acknowledge their Matildas spectators. Picture: Francisco Seco/AP Photo

"In big games, we know we'll show up."

That's the message from Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy as the Australian Matildas prepare for a must-win World Cup clash this weekend.

The Matildas will take on Norway in a round of 16 match at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The winner will advance to the quarter rounds, while the losing side will be knocked out.

Kennedy told the Advertiser that the team was well prepared for the contest. The 24-year-old said the Matildas had studied video analysis of Norway.

"We prepare for every opponent, but we [mainly] focus on what we can do," Kennedy said.

"We feel relaxed and focused."

The Aussies lost their opening clash 2-1 to Italy, but bounced back to secure a 3-2 win over Brazil.

Australia rocketed into the round of 16 with a 4-1 win over Jamaica on Wednesday, with captain Sam Kerr scoring all four goals.

Kennedy said the Matildas were disappointed to lose to Italy, but the players had ignored "outside noise" and had shown "character" in their past two games.

"We never doubted ourselves and we've only grown from game to game," the defender said.

"We have a strong mentality, I never felt we'd lose against Brazil or Jamaica."

Kennedy said the Matildas had received amazing support, from back home in Australia and also in France.

"There's been a lot of green and gold jerseys in the stands," she said.

"That support makes such a difference and motivates us to do everyone proud.

"It's nice to have that support back home and it's great to see so many people talking about the game."

Aussie fans can tune in to watch the game from 5am (AEST) on Sunday, June 23. Optus Sport and SBS will broadcast the match.