Last chance for the Socceroos

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    Ange Postecoglou has named a 30-man Socceroos squad to take on Japan and Thailand in two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

    The Socceroos currently sit third in the Group B standings, behind Japan, who are on top of the standings by a point, while Saudi Arabia are second based on goal difference.

    This is a big time for Australian football, as we could be staring down the barrel of missing our first World Cup since Japan-Korea 2002. That means this could be Ange’s last hurrah as Socceroos manager.

    It has been a rocky road for Australia, dropping valuable points over the last 12 months, including against Saudi Arabia in the UAE, Thailand away, and Japan in Melbourne.

    Huddersfield Town hero Aaron Mooy and new Brighton Hove and Albion goalkeeper Mat Ryan have been impressive for their Premier League clubs, and will definitely be part of the best 23.

    Potential international debutants James Jeggo, Awer Mabil and Danny Vukovic will hope to impress Ange playing for their clubs in Europe over the next couple of weeks, when football begins for another season.

    Alex Gersbach was impressive in our last two qualifiers, and should definitely make it into the 23-man squad.

    The Socceroos travel to take on Japan on August 31st at Saitama Stadium, Midori Ku, before they come back to Melbourne to take on Thailand on September 5.

    Socceroos 30-man squad to face Japan and Thailand
    Mustafa Amini, Aziz Behich, Tim Cahill, Milos Degenek, Adam Federici, Alex Gersbach, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak (c), James Jeggo, Tomi Juric, Matthew Jurman, Tomi Juric, 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 and Bailey Wright.

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      August 16th 2017 @ 11:11am
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | August 16th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      If we fail in the current round we will probably qualify for the 4th round and hence deep into qualification roulette. The “last hurrah” is someway off yet.

    • August 16th 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Waz said | August 16th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

      The game in Japan could go either way, and as a consequence so could our qualification. But that’s what the cliche “take one game at a time” comes from.

      I believe we’ll make it but Ange has made a rod for his own back; not having a friendly match before Thailand away was a mistake, and I think he’s stayed loyal to a few players for a little too long. The change to a back 3 I’m less fussed about, although there’s always a question mark as to why make the change if you’re leaving in just over a year Ange?

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