Socceroos name squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has announced Australia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Head Coach Ange Postecoglou today revealed the 23 players that will represent Australia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The squad will be captained by midfielder Mile Jedinak with Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano and Mark Milligan becoming the first Australian football players to represent the Socceroos at three World Cup tournaments following the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

The Socceroos squad is made up of three goalkeepers, six defenders, 10 midfielders and four strikers with seven of the 23 players currently playing in the Hyundai A-League.

The four players to miss out on the final squad are Mark Birighitti, Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic and Luke Wilkshire.

“Every step of the selection process has been difficult because the players have worked very hard since they came into camp but we have had to weigh up form, fitness and squad balance in coming up with the 23 players who will represent Australia at the 2014 World Cup,” Postecoglou said.

“We’ve selected a squad that can do Australia proud and they will walk out onto the pitch for the World Cup in the green and gold shirt and display the characteristics that define our country.

“Our stated aim is to make our country proud, show the world what Australians are made of and test ourselves against the very best football players in the world and this group of players is capable of doing that.”

SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD FOR THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL

Name

Club, Country

Position

A-International Appearances

(goals)

Oliver BOZANIC

FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

Midfielder

3

Mark BRESCIANO

Al Gharafa, QATAR

Midfielder

73 (13)

Tim CAHILL

New York Red Bulls, USA

Forward

69 (33)

Jason DAVIDSON

SC Heracles Almelo, NETHERLANDS

Defender

6

Ivan FRANJIC

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

Defender

8

Eugene GALEKOVIC

Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA

Goalkeeper

8

Ben HALLORAN

Fortuna Dusseldorf, GERMANY

Forward

1

James HOLLAND

FK Austria Vienna, AUSTRIA

Midfielder

13

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND

Midfielder

43 (4)

Mitchell LANGERAK

B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, GERMANY

Goalkeeper

3

Mathew LECKIE

FSV Frankfurt 1899, GERMANY

Forward

7 (1)

Massimo LUONGO

Swindon Town FC, ENGLAND

Midfielder

2

Ryan McGOWAN

Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, CHINA

Defender

9

Matt McKAY

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

Midfielder

46 (1)

Mark MILLIGAN

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

Midfielder

29 (2)

Tommy OAR

FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

Midfielder

14 (1)

Mat RYAN

Club Brugge KV, BELGIUM

Goalkeeper

6

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Western Sydney Wanderers, AUSTRALIA

Defender

17

Adam TAGGART

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

Forward

4 (3)

James TROISI

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

Midfielder

10 (1)

Dario VIDOSIC

FC Sion, SWITZERLAND

Midfielder

22 (2)

Alex WILKINSON

Jeonbuk Hyundai, KOREA REPUBLIC

Defender

2

Bailey WRIGHT

Preston North End FC, ENGLAND

Defender

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PRE WORLD CUP WARM UP MATCH

Australia v Croatia
June 6
Pituacu Stadium, Salvador
Kick off 8pm (9am AEST)

SOCCEROOS FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE MATCHES

Chile v Australia
June 13
Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba)
6pm kick off (8am AEST on 14 June)

Australia v Netherlands
June 18
Estadio Beira-Rio (Porto Alegre)
1pm kick off (2am AEST on 19 June)

Australia v Spain
June 23
Arena da Baixada (Curitiba)
1pm kick off (2am AEST June 24)

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