Sam Kerr and Kyah Simon believe the national team has never been this good.
The Matildas are in Geelong this weekend to play a re-match against China after downing them 3-0 in a friendly in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
After Australia’s heartbreak in the Olympics last year, coach Alen Stajcic labelled the upcoming era as a new “four-year-cycle”.
Australia are currently preparing for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan and the 2019 World Cup in France where many have the belief the Matildas can take out both.
The Matildas made history in 2010 when they took out the Asian Cup in China, however, Kerr believes this current squad is the golden generation.
“I would have to say yes (this is the golden generation), but I’m biased because I’m a part of it,” Kerr told FourFourTwo.
“I honestly don’t think we’ve had this many great players in one team. We’ve had great players over the years, but we’ve still got Lisa De Vanna, Emily van Egmond, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy and Caitlin Foord.
“You could name heaps of girls, I don’t think we’ve had a team full of players as good as those girls.
“I was thinking about that the other day and you could say we’re the golden generation, but I don’t think I’m the one to call it the golden generation.
“I think when the World Cup comes around, we’ll be prepared in the best way possible. With Staj’s training, we have so many great people working for us to give us the best possible situation.”
Kerr has had a stellar year and has become the new poster girl of the Matildas.
She continued her stunning form against the Chinese with a brace and is getting all the plaudits.
But the 24-year-old said the hype was not getting to her head and felt completely humble about her success.
“I think anyone that knows me knows that I’m not like that,” she said.
“I still get a little bit embarrassed and I don’t like the spotlight to be on me. I’ve always said I’m happy to be flying the flag for women’s sport, especially women’s football.
“I’m just proud to be a part of this team because there are so many good role models and everybody represents not only themselves, but the football code really well.”
Kyah Simon, 26, can be considered a veteran of the Matildas, was the hero of the 2010 triumph and has been involved in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.
The Melbourne City striker made her Matildas debut in 2007 and has played with the likes of Kate Gill, Heather Garriock, Sally Shipard and Melissa Barbieri.
Simon said the Matildas were in “prime time”.
“It definitely feels like the most talented Matildas group I’ve been a part of, I’ve been coached under Staj since I was 15-years-old,” Simon told FourFourTwo.
“He’s done some fantastic things for the group, he’s really found a way to bring out the potential and the talent within the group.
“We’ve got so many talented girls in our team across the board from Lyds (Lydia Williams) in goal, all the way up front to Sammy.
“It excites me to be a part of that and I’ve seen so many of the girls grow from 16-year-olds now into fully developed mature players.
“It’s quite exciting and I’m just excited to get into those tournaments and show the world what we can do.”
Simon said the 2019 World Cup comes at the perfect time for the Matildas.
“We had girls come in at a young age six and seven years ago and now they’re hitting their straps,” she said.
“They’ve hit some form and they’re in their prime years coming into this World Cup. It’s exciting for the team, we’ve definitely shown ourselves as a group this year against major nations.
“I think by the time the major tournaments come, this next four-year-cycle is probably the most exciting time since I’ve been with the Matildas in terms of the potential to do well in major tournaments.”