Matildas World Cup co-captain Lisa De Vanna and at least five other teammates have broken ranks on the USA tour boycott.
Professional Footballers Australia announced late Wednesday the women’s national team had pulled out of next week’s tour against the United States as the pay dispute with Football Federation Australia escalated.
But according to the Herald Sun at least six players including World Cup hero De Vanna, want to play and have the backing of the FFA.
About 60,000 tickets have been sold to football fans keen to see the Australians take on the recently crowned World Champions.
De Vanna, 30, was reported in the Herald Sun as saying: “I just want to play for my country - it’s all I want to do.
“If my coach calls me and asks me to play I will always make myself available.
“At my age I am not sure if the opportunity to play the world champions will come up again.”
De Vanna came in for some tough treatment on Twitter - many dismayed with her stance - while a few urged the mercurial striker to stay the course.
Meanwhile, Canberra United’s Ashleigh Sykes told ABC that players were being placed in a tough choice between their international future and getting a job.
“It gets pretty tight, in my position at the moment it's been hard to get a job, but for me it's coming down to almost a choice now - do I make myself available for Matildas duties, or do I work?,” Sykes told the ABC.
"That's a tough decision some other players are probably facing as well.”
The Matildas are due to fly out on Friday for the games in Detroit and Birmingham.
— Danny Page (@DannyPage) September 10, 2015
@TheMatildas The Matildas get a Pittance. Why don't the Bosses at FFA give some of Their Big Salaries as a subsidy?
— Rod Bamberry (@RodBamberry) September 10, 2015
— O Cosmedics (@ocosmedics) September 9, 2015
If quotes attributed to DeVanna are true, she's being selfish in face of betterment for entire Matildas squad, now & future.
— Diane Hansen (@Deegley) September 9, 2015
De Vanna to break ranks and play v. the USWNT? Why am I not surprised?
— Luke Howitt (@lalalalbc) September 9, 2015
I understand de Vanna's stance, she wants to play. But to undermine what other Matildas are standing for is a low blow.
— Matthew Long-Reign (@drunkon_you) September 10, 2015