Socceroos confirm XI to face Honduras

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    The Socceroos have confirmed their XI to face Honduras in the second leg of their FIFA World Cup inter-confederation play-off, with Tim Cahill named to start up front.

    The star 37-year-old sat on the bench for 90 minutes during the first leg, played in San Pedro Sula. That came after he injured his ankle just weeks before during an A-League match for Melbourne City.

    Tom Rogic and Mark Milligan have also been named in the front half of the field for Ange Postecoglou’s team, with Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine set to come from the bench in the other changes.

    Australia will again run with three at the back. Matthew Jurman, Trent Sainsbury and Bailey Wright, who did the job in the first leg have been retained to start the second leg. They will be under plenty of pressure early from an expected free-flowing Honduran side with everything to play for.

    Mile Jedinak and Mark Milligan will play in the defensive midfield, while Rogic is joined by Aziz Behich, Matthew Leckie and superstar Huddersfield player Aaron Mooy.

    Socceroos XI

    1. Mat Ryan (GK)
    4. Tim Cahill
    5. Mark Milligan
    6. Matthew Jurman
    7. Matthew Leckie
    8. Bailey Wright
    13. Aaron Mooy
    15. Mile Jedinak (c)
    16. Aziz Behich
    20. Trent Sainsbury
    23. Tom Rogic

    2. Milos Degenek
    3. Alex Gersbach
    9. Tomi Juric
    10. Robbie Kruse
    11. Joshua Risdon
    12. Mitchell Langerak (GK)
    14. James Troisi
    17. Nikita Rukavytsya
    18. Danny Vukovic (GK)
    19. Ryan McGowan
    21. Massimo Luongo
    22. Jackson Irvine

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    • Roar Guru

      November 15th 2017 @ 7:09pm
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:09pm | ! Report

      Interesting. I assume Juric will be slightly advanced given Cahill’s better ability in hassling the opposition when they are in transition and Mooy behind the two of them. Could be rather narrow though the fresh legs on Leckie may alleviate some of that.

    • November 15th 2017 @ 7:16pm
      Tupiza said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

      You’ve got Juric on the field and on the bench, and Rogic unlisted?

      • Roar Guru

        November 15th 2017 @ 7:19pm
        Ben of Phnom Penh said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

        Ah, Rogic and Cahill – makes far more sense.

      • November 15th 2017 @ 7:53pm
        Kangajets said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

        Rogic instead of juric I’m guessing

        • Roar Guru

          November 15th 2017 @ 7:56pm
          Scott Pryde said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:56pm | ! Report

          Yup. Apologies. Fixed now.

    • Roar Guru

      November 15th 2017 @ 7:39pm
      Griffo said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

      Both attack and defensively solid.

      I think this is a statement that if there is a ball in (the air) Cahill has to put it away. Plenty of shots from top of the box otherwise.

    • November 15th 2017 @ 7:50pm
      Kangajets said | November 15th 2017 @ 7:50pm | ! Report

      I would have liked Luongo

      But come on boys

      Let’s win this game tonight

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