Sam Kerr captained Australia at the Women’s World Cup this summer

Australia striker Sam Kerr has joined Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea.

The former Chicago Red Stars and Perth Glory star, 26, scored five goals at the World Cup this summer, leading Australia to the last 16.

She is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world and is the all-time leading scorer in the Australian and American leagues.

Kerr has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will available for the second half of the WSL season from January.

Chelsea fought off interest from a number of top European clubs including six-time Champions League winners Lyon.

She was also a target for Paris St-Germain, who reached Champions League finals in 2015 and 2017.

Kerr is the ninth player from Australia to play in England, following in the footsteps of the likes of Emily Gielnik (Liverpool), Tanya Oxtoby (Doncaster Belles) and Caitlin Friend (Notts County).

On Monday, Australia’s Optus Sport signed a three-year deal