Ange Postecoglou names 30-man Socceroos squad for critical World Cup qualifiers

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    Ange Postecoglou has unveiled an initial 30-man Socceroos squad for their crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

    Captain Mile Jedinak has been named in the squad despite concerns around the midfielder’s fitness, while five uncapped players – Matthew Jurman, James Jeggo, Awer Mabil, Riley McGree and Danny Vukovic – were also included by Postecoglou.

    With 22 squad members having played in the Confederations Cup earlier in the year, Postecoglou said he is confident in the side he’s selected.

    “We haven’t strayed too far from the players who went to the Confederations Cup and who we have had on the radar for a while, so not a great deal of change at this stage,” said Postecoglou.

    “There are a few new faces as well to have a look at, but overall pretty pleased with the shape we are in.”

    Currently sitting in third place in their qualifying group, trailing ladder-leaders Japan by a single point and second-placed Saudi Arabia on goal difference, the Socceroos are precariously placed heading into their final two matches.

    The first of those remaining games – against Japan at Saitama Stadium on August 31 – looms as the most important Australian World Cup qualifier in recent memory.

    “It is going to be a great challenge playing away from home against one of the top nations but that’s what we like to embrace as a team,” Postecoglou said.

    “We are looking forward to going over there and hopefully getting three points which will put us in great shape for qualification.”

    The following match against Thailand at AAMI Park does, on the face of it, appear to be the perfect final fixture for the Socceroos, and Postecoglou said he’s hoping to see a strong Melbourne crowd show up to help the side home after they slipped up with a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in Bangkok.

    “Wherever we have played away from home in this group there have been large crowds to support the home team which definitely makes a difference and we want the same in Melbourne.

    “I know the players look forward to it. There is nothing better than playing on home soil, in front of a big crowd and hopefully getting a good win.”

    Should the side finish in the top two spots of their group, they will be guaranteed a place in next year’s World Cup in Russia. However if they finish in their current third position, they’ll be forced to go through a series of play-offs.

    The first of those play-offs will come against the third-placed team from the AFC’s other qualifying group, the next against the fourth-placed side from the CONCACAF (Central and Northern American Conference) qualifying group.

    The current 30-man squad will be trimmed down to 23 players next Wednesday, August 23, before the side assembles in Tokyo the following Sunday, August 27.

    Socceroos squad for World Cup qualifiers vs Japan and Thailand

    Mustafa Amini, Aziz Behich, Tim Cahill, Milos Degenek, Adam Federici, Alex Gersbach, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, James Jeggo, Tomi Juric, Matthew Jurman, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Ryan McGowan, Riley McGree, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Mathew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Matthew Spiranovic, James Troisi, Daniel Vukovic, Bailey Wright.

    AFC Group B World Cup qualifying standings

    P W D L F A GD PTS
    Japan 8 5 2 1 15 6 9 17
    Saudi Arabia 8 5 1 2 15 8 7 16
    AUSTRALIA 8 4 4 0 14 8 6 16
    United Arab Emirates 8 3 1 4 8 11 -3 10
    Iraq 8 1 2 5 8 11 -3 5
    Thailand 8 0 2 6 4 20 -16 2
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    • August 15th 2017 @ 12:06pm
      Midfielder said | August 15th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

      No Goodwin ???? is he the new Musty …

      • August 15th 2017 @ 12:38pm
        Fadida said | August 15th 2017 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

        The days of selection on merit are long gone I’m afraid

    • August 15th 2017 @ 12:39pm
      Fadida said | August 15th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

      A lot will depend on the fitness of the captain.

      If he’s available we’re gone……

      • August 15th 2017 @ 3:02pm
        Redondo said | August 15th 2017 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

        So true

      • August 15th 2017 @ 7:48pm
        Mark said | August 15th 2017 @ 7:48pm | ! Report

        It seems there are a lot of people quietly (and some not so quietly) hoping he won’t be fit.

        We’re a better side without him.

    • August 15th 2017 @ 12:45pm
      Nemesis said | August 15th 2017 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

      I don’t want to know Ange’s squad selections. They’re irrelevant.

      I want to know the selections of posers who allegedly coached senior teams in Tasmania. This is the only info that matters.

      • August 15th 2017 @ 1:47pm
        Fadida said | August 15th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

        Incredible isn’t it fuss, people providing comments on a football comments site.

        I know the concept blows your mind

        • August 15th 2017 @ 2:02pm
          Nemesis said | August 15th 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

          Please tell us more, Mr SuperCoach. Tell us how you organised your Tasmanian team better than Ange.

          • August 15th 2017 @ 3:31pm
            Fadida said | August 15th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

            You wouldn’t understand Fuss, you have no qualifications

            • August 15th 2017 @ 3:38pm
              Nemesis said | August 15th 2017 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

              Agree. That’s why I look to people, like yourself, … to have a great laugh at your playing “I’m a better coach than Ange”.

        • August 16th 2017 @ 7:25pm
          Kozzie said | August 16th 2017 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

          Ange managed in Tasmania for a short period but quickly returned to the mainland as “he couldn’t hack it!”. It always seems to be that the timing of our fixtures come at the wrong time to give others an opportunity and on the other hand exclude players. I think Kruse and Jedi are very lucky as the other players who played in the Confederations Cup should be in front of them for next 2 games and beyond, whether we qualify for the cup or not! Ange played a few different combinations in those 3 games, so there is some depth in all 3 lines. Plenty of opportunity in this forum for posers etc to discuss squad selections without resorting to Trump like hysterics!

    • August 15th 2017 @ 12:49pm
      AGO74 said | August 15th 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

      Biased Sydney fc fan here but I think jurmans selection is overdue. He’s obviously kept up and improved his form since going to Korea.

    • August 15th 2017 @ 12:58pm
      Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | August 15th 2017 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

      Mustafa AMINI, Alex GERSBACH, Awer MABIL, Riley McGREE, lots of new young blood and the forgotten man; an old favourite of mine, Matthew SPIRANOVIC.. This is a good squad.

      The 3-4-3 system will be used I presume.

      • August 16th 2017 @ 5:11pm
        j,binnie said | August 16th 2017 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

        Caltex -Don’t know if you watched the recent Arsenal v Leicester match where once again it became obvious that a top manager was having trouble with the back 3 concept,,so obvious that in fact just after half time Wenger made substitutions that were so evident that he was dumping the concept and reverting back to a back 4 line up.
        Didn’t catch who the commentator was but he had it all worked out in the first 45 minutes as Leicester exploited the vast spaces out wide with their speed and aggression,getting behind the back three with annoying regularity.
        This guy, (the commentator) didn’t mince his words,he stated that if Wenger didn’t make changes in the system his team was on a hiding to nothing.
        As you know Arsenal turned that scenario into a come from behind victory. cheers jb.

        • August 16th 2017 @ 6:15pm
          Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | August 16th 2017 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

          JB – not surprised; some managers will persevere and some will abandon the system. I think Ange will do it his way regardless what we pundits think and he’ll be judged at the end of the qualification process if he was a success or a failure. Cheers

    • August 15th 2017 @ 1:35pm
      Lionheart said | August 15th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

      I just want them to win both games and qualify strongly for the WC and get the talk away from the administrators who seem to be hell bent on ruining our game

      • August 15th 2017 @ 1:49pm
        Midfielder said | August 15th 2017 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

        LH

        Lets hope so.

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