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Postecoglou retains five uncapped players for Socceroos’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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    Australia has nailed down a 23-man squad for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers later this month against Iraq and the UAE.

    The Socceroos will travel to face Iraq in Tehran on March 23, before hosting the UAE at home in Sydney on March 28.

    Postecoglou initially named a 30-man squad, but has now trimmed that down to a final group of 23.

    Six A-League players, headed by Tim Cahill, have been named in the squad. League-leaders Sydney FC boast two inclusions, Rhyan Grant and Danny Vukovic.

    Riley McGree of Adelaide United, James Troisi of Melbourne Victory and Rhys Williams of Perth Glory are the other A-League players to feature.

    Grant, McGree and Vukovic are three of five uncapped players to be included in the squad, with Mustafa Amini and James Jeggo the others.

    Aziz Behich and Mitch Langerak will make returns to the squad after being absent in recent times.

    As expected, experienced heads Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse, Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan are all in the mix.

    “We’ve come up with a good strong squad that has a mix of experience, form and players who are playing regular football,” Postecoglou said. “I was pleased with the collective game time the squad got through over the weekend and come into camp playing well.

    “We face two important games in five days and it’s good to welcome back some guys who have been out of the squad for different lengths of time for various reasons and I’m confident the group we’ve selected will be ready to hit the ground running.”

    “There are a lot of important matches in what shapes as a crucial year for the team but the focus for us is simply Iraq on Thursday week and then the UAE in Sydney on March 28.”

    Socceroos squad to play Iraq, UAE

    Name Club, Country A International Caps (Goals)
    Mustafa AMINI Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF), DENMARK
    Aziz BEHICH Bursaspor, TURKEY 11 (2)
    Tim CAHILL Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 94 (48)
    Milos DEGENEK Yokohama F Marinos, JAPAN 5 (0)
    Rhyan GRANT Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA
    Jackson IRVINE Burton Albion FC, ENGLAND 7 (0)
    Mile JEDINAK Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND 68 (15)
    James JEGGO SK Sturm Graz, AUSTRIA
    Tomi JURIC FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND 20 (4)
    Robbie KRUSE Liaoning Whowin FC, CHINA 48 (4)
    Mitchell LANGERAK VfB Stuttgart FC, GERMANY 6 (0)
    Mathew LECKIE FC Ingolstadt 04, GERMANY 37 (3)
    Massimo LUONGO Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND 24 (5)
    Riley McGREE Adelaide United FC, AUSTRALIA
    Mark MILLIGAN Baniyas FC, UAE 53 (5)
    Aaron MOOY Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND 21 (5)
    Mathew RYAN KRC Genk, BELGIUM 30 (0)
    Trent SAINSBURY FC Internazionale Milano, ITALY 21 (3)
    Brad SMITH AFC Bournemouth, ENGLAND 14 (0)
    James TROISI Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA 26 (4)
    Daniel VUKOVIC Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA
    Rhys WILLIAMS Perth Glory FC, AUSTRALIA 14 (0)
    Bailey WRIGHT Bristol City FC, ENGLAND 12 (1)

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    • March 14th 2017 @ 12:28pm
      Chris said | March 14th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

      Can’t really argue with this squad. I’d say Nathan Burns could feel a bit unlucky as he as done well when called upon by Ange. Congrats to Riley and Rhyan!

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      March 14th 2017 @ 1:04pm
      Griffo said | March 14th 2017 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

      Ange is including new faces so not totally locking out anyone who may be in form.

      Starting lineup-wise I’m wondering if both Jedinak and Milligan will make the starting side, and whether Juric will lead and whether he will get replaced by Cahill late on in the game.

      Will Ange go with Mooy and Luongo, or give Amini a start ahead of Luongo?

      Expect Leckie and Kruse will be persisted with out wide.

      Although he doesn’t like it, Milligan might go central defence, which would allow Jedinak to screen in front.

    • March 14th 2017 @ 1:12pm
      Midfielder said | March 14th 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

      Looks a well balanced squad to me…

      Kruse and Lecki will struggle to hold their places in the starting side…

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        March 14th 2017 @ 2:03pm
        Ben of Phnom Penh said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

        I watched Ingolstadt play Köln on the weekend and Leckie was right in the thick of it.

        • March 14th 2017 @ 2:43pm
          Fadida said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

          Was he working incredibly hard but then butchering the final pass/shot​ every time?

          Definitely needs converting to right back

    • March 14th 2017 @ 1:15pm
      Midfielder said | March 14th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

      Craig Goodman is the unlucky member of the 30 man squad IMO.

      GOALKEEPERS
      Mat Ryan (Genk, Belgium), Mitchell Langerak (Stuttgart, Germany), Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC)

      DEFENDERS
      Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Milos Degenek (Yokohama, Japan), Trent Sainsbury (Inter Milan, Italy), Rhys Williams (Perth Glory), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England), Brad Smith (Bournemouth, England), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey)

      MIDFIELDERS
      Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), Mark Milligan (Baniyas, UAE), Jackson Irvine (Burton, England), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, England), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz, Austria), Mustafa Amini (AGF, Denmark), Riley McGree (Adelaide), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers, England)

      ATTACKERS
      Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt, Germany), Robbie Kruse (Liaoning Whowin, China), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)

      PLAYERS CUT
      Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg, Norway), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle, Scotland), Awer Mabil (Esbjerg fB, Denmark), Chris Ikonomidis (AGF, Denmark), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo, Japan)

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        March 14th 2017 @ 1:50pm
        Griffo said | March 14th 2017 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

        Yeah Goodwin probably unlucky not to be in the frame for a full-back role if not an option for a wide attacker.

        Still it has to give him hope that if he keeps performing, he’ll get a look in.

        Just look at Amini…

      • March 14th 2017 @ 7:39pm
        Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | March 14th 2017 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

        I am truly surprised of the axing of Nathan Burns. I hope we will not regret that decision.

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          March 14th 2017 @ 8:31pm
          Stuart Thomas said | March 14th 2017 @ 8:31pm | ! Report

          Agreed Caltex. Apart from that selection, I thought the players cut were fairly logical. They will be required in the future though. You can’t pick everybody. Miss watching Burns, a very capable player.

    • March 14th 2017 @ 1:21pm
      Nemesis said | March 14th 2017 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

      Disappointed to see Goodwin cut. He’s apparently been having a very good season with Sparta Rotterdam in the Eredivise.

      Mabil, Gersbach & Ikonomidis will get their opportunity. They’ll go to the Olyroos training camp instead.

      Musti Amini in the 23 squad. Finally. Well done, lad.

    • March 14th 2017 @ 2:11pm
      Realfootball said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

      Very happy to see young McGree still in there. I’ve seen enough from him to suggest that he could be our best prospect since Okon and co.

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        March 14th 2017 @ 2:27pm
        Ben of Phnom Penh said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

        It’s been one hell of a ride for the lad given that about 18 months ago all he had was a few games under his belt with the Adelaide United NPL side.

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