The latest Socceroos squad has been named for next month’s 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Krgyzstan in Bishek, with Tim Cahill set to add to his 82 senior appearances for Australia.
The Socceroos are well and truly into their next cycle following January’s Asian Cup victory on home soil, with the upcoming clash with Krgyzstan marking the beginning of World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018.
“This is the start of the next chapter in our journey and we are all excited about what lies ahead over the next two years,” said coach Ange Postecoglou as the squad was announced. “We’ve been open in our desire to make an impact at the 2018 World Cup but first we need to qualify and that task is immediately in front of us.
“We’ve selected a relatively settled squad made up of the core of players that brought success at the Asian Cup but also the core of players that will take us through to the next World Cup.”
Nineteen members of the Asian Cup squad are present, while Luke DeVere, Aaron Mooy and Adam Federici – who were all selected in the last squad that faced Germany and FYR Macedonia in March – have been left out to make way for the returning Tim Cahill, Eugene Galekovic and Matthew Spiranovic.
“Before we travel to Bishkek for the match against Kyrgyzstan we have a week long camp in Dubai and it is a good opportunity to work hard with the core group of players who have been exposed to international football and the style of football we want to play,” Postecoglou added.
“We’ll work on building a strong base and then over the next two years we can expose more players to the squad as form and fitness warrants selection but those players will come into a settled unit when they get an opportunity.”
Squad in full:
Mat Ryan (Club Brugges), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United); Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Jason Davidson (West Bromwich Albion), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Ivan Franjic (Unattached), Trent Sainsbury (P.E.C. Zwolle), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk), Bailey Wright (Preston North End); Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern), Chris Ikonomidis (Lazio), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht), James Troisi (S.V. Zulte Waregem); Nathan Burns (Wellington Phoenix), Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua), Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers), Matthew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt 04).