Graham Arnold is currently running his eye over a cast of 30 players pushing for AFC Asian Cup selection next year, as the new Caltex Socceroos boss plots the defence of Australia’s title.
Arnold’s first Caltex Socceroos training camp in charge offers his players a reprieve from a high-octane start to the club season.
Mathew Ryan conceded two as Brighton and Hove Albion rescued a 2-2 draw with Fulham in Sunday’s Premier League encounter, while Mitch Langerak played a full game in goals as Nagoya Grampus moved one step closer to securing their J-League status with a huge 6-1 win over Jubilo Iwata.
Danny Vukovic was involved in a crazy game in Belgium, with his Genk side drawing 3-3 at Kortrijk on Monday. All six goals came in the second half, with Genk needing Leandro Trossard’s 85th-minute goal to take a point back home.
Last Friday, Brad Jones’ Al Nassr got their Saudi Pro League season off to a great start, beating Ohod 2-1 with Jones in goal.
Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak endured a tough outing for Aston Villa on Sunday, losing 4-1 to Sheffield United. Also in the Championship, Bailey Wright’s Bristol City defeated Blackburn 4-1, although the defender did not feature.
There were better fortunes for Trent Sainsbury, who made his first appearance in PSV colours off the bench in the side’s 6-1 demolition of Willem II on Sunday. Aziz Behich didn’t make the team sheet.
Ben Garrucio’s Heart of Midlothian rolled St Mirren 4-1 at home on Sunday to preserve their early lead of the Scottish Premiership, while Aussie Mark Milligan wasn’t on the team sheet as Hibernian went down 2-1 to Livingston.
Fresh from his UEFA Champions League heroics, Milos Degenek enjoyed a 4-1 win as Red Star Belgrade beat Vojvodina on Monday.
Aleksandar Susnjar played a full match with MSK Zilina in the Slovak Super Liga on Sunday, going down 1-0 to Slovan Bratislava.
Alex Gersbach was on the bench as Rosenborg beat KF Shkendija 2-0 in UEFA Europa League qualifying on Friday, and in the Saudi Pro League, Matt Jurman played 90 minutes in Al-Ittihad’s 1-0 defeat to Al Shabab.
Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield got their second point of the season after earning a hard-fought draw at Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Massimo Luongo played a full match in QPR’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham, while Jackson Irvine didn’t make the team sheet in Hull’s 2-1 loss to Derby.
Kenneth Dougall’s fine start to life in Barnsley continued as the League One outfit claimed a 2-1 win over Gillingham.
Mustafa Amini got through a full game for AGF in Denmark, with his side held to a 1-1 draw with Vendsyssel.
Sunday’s old firm derby saw Tom Rogic steal the show for Celtic but there was no debut for Daniel Arzani as the Scottish champions beat Rangers 1-0.
Meanwhile on Monday, Ajdin Hrustic warmed up for the training camp in Turkey by playing another 90 minutes in Groningen’s 1-0 loss to PEC Zwolle.
Apostolos Giannou clinched a brace as AEK Larnaca beat Trencin 3-0 to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage on Friday.
But it was late heartbreak for Mitchell Duke, who played 65 minutes as Shimizu S-Pulse side went down 2-1 to Velgata Sendai in Saturday’s J-League clash.
Jamie Maclaren played more than an hour for Hibernian but was unable to impact the score line as his side went down 2-1 to Livingston on Sunday, while Robbie Kruse picked up an assist as VfL Bochum side drew 2-2 with Paderborn in the 2. Bundesliga.
John Iredale didn’t feature for SC Heerenveen in the Eredivisie, while Denis Genreau played 45 minutes as PEC Zwolle beat Groningen 1-0.
Finally, Tomi Juric was absent from the squad as FC Luzern beat St. Gallen 1-0 in the Swiss Super League and Awer Mabil was an unused substitute for Midtjylland, who drew 2-2 with Brondby in a top-of-the-table clash.
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