Gielnik eyes Jamaica start as Milicic keeps Matildas guessing

Emily Gielnik hopes she has done enough to remain in Ante Milicic’s plans for Jamaica – but has no idea what the Australia boss has up his sleeve for Wednesday morning’s final Group C encounter.

The 27-year-old winger, who last season scored twice in 10 appearances with Melbourne Victory in the W-League, made her World Cup debut and maiden appearance at a major tournament in last Friday morning’s epic 3-2 comeback win over Brazil.

And it had been a long time coming for the ex-Brisbane Roar, Liverpool and Urawa Red Diamonds star, who missed out on Australia’s 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games squads in heartbreaking circumstances.

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Gielnik was an unused substitute during the Matildas' opening-day defeat to Italy but supported Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord on the right of a front three against the South American giants in Montpellier.

The Victorian – who became renowned as the Westfield W-League’s ultimate super sub over her decade-long stint with the Roar – is hungry for another starting berth against the Reggae Girlz, but will be content with whatever role she is handed for Australia’s final Group C clash.

 “Hopefully I’ve done my bit for the team and I think whether I start or whether I come off the bench, or don’t play at all, I’m still part of this team,” Gielnik said.

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'My role is important regardless of what position I’m in against Jamaica', says Gielnik

“My role is important regardless of what position I’m in against Jamaica. Obviously, I’d be delighted to say the least if I do get another opportunity to start.

“I just need to make sure I do everything I can in training in the lead up to that."

Gielnik added that she was happy to be kept guessing by head coach Milicic.

“I don’t know what he’s going to go for, and I don’t know what his game plan is for Jamaica, but regardless of that situation I’m here to do my bit for the team.”

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