Forward Sam Kerr in training with the Australian national team - Image by Ann Odong

Chelsea forward Kerr set to collect milestone cap for Australia

Chelsea forward Sam Kerr is set to collect her 90th senior international cap for Australia this evening.

The 27-year-old collected her 89th cap as the Westfield Matildas were defeated 5-2 by Germany in Wiesbaden on Saturday afternoon and an appearance against The Netherlands in Nijmegen this evening will see her hit her latest landmark.

In her 89 outings to date, Kerr has scored 42 goals which includes a quadruple against Jamaica at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and a hat-trick against Japan in a 2017 Tournament of Nations match. The forward has also hit seven braces with her latest double coming against Vietnam in 2020 AFC Olympic qualifying last year.

In terms of where Kerr’s goal return sits in the Westfield Matildas’ all-time record, she is just five goals behind record goalscorer Lisa De Vanna. With the veteran forward being at the end of her career, Kerr is highly likely to become her nation’s top scorer sooner rather than later.

Kerr is the joint-third most capped player in the current Australia squad. Centre-back Clare Polkinghorne leads the way with 126 caps while West Ham United’s Emily van Egmond has 98. The Chelsea forward is then tied with Arsenal goalkeeper Lydia Williams in third place.

Australia’s international friendly match against The Netherlands is scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm this evening.

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