Postecoglou names 23-man squad for Caltex Socceroos' WCQs

It's time to get excited about the Caltex Socceroos as their Road to Russia heats up against Iraq tonight.
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Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has named a 23-man squad for two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers later this month against Iraq (March 23 in Tehran) and the UAE (March 28 in Sydney).

Postecoglou’s squad shines a bright light on the Hyundai A-League with Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Riley McGree (Adelaide United), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Daniel Vukovic (Sydney FC) and Rhys Williams (Perth Glory) all named in the final list.

Adelaide-born Socceroos attacker James Troisi celebrates his winner in the Asian Cup final with Jason Davidson and Massimo Luongo.

The squad also includes experienced stars Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse, Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan, who will line up alongside five uncapped players (Mustafa Amini, James Jeggo, Grant, McGree and Vukovic).

Aziz Behich, Mitch Langerak, Troisi and Williams return to the international arena after varying periods out of the squad as the Socceroos go into Matchday six and seven locked in a four-way battle for the two automatic spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“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.”

Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the UAE in World Cup Qualifying.

“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.”

The team will begin assembling in Tehran on Sunday ahead of next Thursday’s clash with Iraq. The seven players who have not made the final squad remain on standby for any last minute injuries this weekend.

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Caltex Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers v Iraq and United Arab Emirates (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)

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – MATCH DETAILS

Iraq v Caltex Socceroos                                 

Thursday 23 March                                          

PAS Stadium, Tehran (Iran)                      

Kick off 4.30pm (11pm AEDT)                     


Caltex Socceroos v United Arab Emirates

Tuesday 28 March 2016

Sydney Football Stadium

Kick off 8pm

Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports and the Nine Network.


TICKET DETAILS (Sydney match)

For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

ROAD TO RUSSIA – QUALIFYING PATH

The Final Stage of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) World Cup Qualifying sees Australia placed into Group B alongside Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Iraq and the UAE with the two top sides automatically qualifying for the2018 FIFA World Cup.

The third-placed teams in both AFC Groups will then play each other (home and away) for the opportunity to face the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (Central and Northern America) in a home and away series for the final place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA World Cup Qualification: AFC Second Round – Group B Standings

Group B

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

PTS

Saudi Arabia

5

3

1

1

9

5

+4

10

Japan

5

3

1

1

8

5

+3

10

Australia

5

2

3

0

8

5

+3

9

UAE

5

3

0

2

7

6

+1

9

Iraq

5

1

0

4

6

8

-2

3

Thailand

5

0

1

4

3

12

-9

1

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