Arnold names squad for important Kuwait clash
Football Federation Australia today announced an 18-man squad which will play Kuwait in Wednesday's sold-out AFC Asian Cup qualifier at Aussie Stadium on Wednesday. The squad includes eight players from Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC.
Football Federation Australia today announced an 18-man squad which will play Kuwait in Wednesday's sold-out AFC Asian Cup qualifier at Aussie Stadium on Wednesday.
Head Coach Graham Arnold has selected a young squad with a blend of experience to represent Australia in a match which could secure the Socceroos a place at next year's AFC Asian Cup finals.
"It's a very important match and one which will play a vital role in our chances of qualifying for the Asian Cup," said Arnold.
"With Lebanon's unfortunate withdrawal there are less matches now and and so each game becomes even more vital."
"Kuwait can't be underestimated. They have been preparing in camp for some weeks now and they know that if they get something out of this match it could put them in a very good position to qualify for the finals."
Arnold trimmed his 22-man training camp squad down to the final 18 after a three-day workout in Melbourne earlier this week.
Perth Glory's Stan Lazaridis withdrew from contention after being struck down with the flu for most of the week.
Socceroos SQUAD TO PLAY KUWAIT
Clint Bolton (Sydney FC), Alex Brosque (Sydney FC), David Carney (Sydney FC), Steve Corica (Sydney FC), Alvin Ceccoli (Sydney FC), Travis Dodd (Adelaide United), Joel Griffiths (Newcastle Jets), Iain Fyfe (Sydney FC), Matthew McKay (Queensland Roar), Mark Milligan (Sydney FC), Kevin Muscat (Melbourne Victory), Stuart Musialik (Newcastle Jets), Jade North (Newcastle Jets), Sasho Petrovski (Sydney FC), Kristian Sarkies (Melbourne Victory), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory), Michael Valkanis (Adelaide United), Danny Vukovic (Central Coast Mariners)
Poll: Vote for your Socceroos XI to take on Peru
It's come down to this - Australia must beat Peru in Sochi on Wednesday morning to keep their FIFA World Cup™ dream alive. The Socceroos will also be relying on France to defeat Denmark in Group C's other match if they are to qualify for the knockout phase for the first time
'Boy wonder' Arzani lights up FIFA World Cup™ stage
On a day when Kylian Mbappe broke history for France, one wonders whether a similar breakthrough moment is lingering around the corner for Socceroos' starlet Daniel Arzani. The two youngest players at the FIFA World Cup™ were both on show in Russia overnight in an enthralling